Seabelo Senatla scored a try against England in the London Sevens semi-final. Photo: @Blitzboks via Twitter

The Blitzboks showed great fighting spirit to beat England 29-19 to advance to the London Sevens final on Sunday at Twickenham.

They will take on Fiji at 6.57pm SA time on Sunday evening, after the Fijians beat 38-12 in the other semi-final.

Missing a number of players through injury, and having lost Cecil Afrika and Branco du Preez during the tournament, the South Africans started the semi-final with one reserve short, but still came up trumps.

But that didn't deter them, as they surged into a 12-7 halftime lead through tries by Werner Kok and captain Philip Snyman.

England made a number of mistakes in the second half, and the Blitzboks benefited as Seabelo Senatla and Stedman Gans put the game beyond their reach with further tries.

Phil Burgess levelled the scores at 7-7 in the first half for England, and added another touchdown after the break, but it was too late.

Even a late consolation try from Dan Norton didn't affect the result, with Justin Geduld rounding things off for Neil Powell's team.


Blitzboks 29 - Tries: Werner Kok, Philip Snyman, Seabelo Senatla, Stedman Gans, Justin Geduld. Conversions: Geduld (2).

England 19 - Tries: Phil Burgess (2), Dan Norton. Conversions: Tom Mitchell (2).

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