DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Africa won the Dubai Sevens final after beating the United States 42-7 on Saturday, with Ronald Brown scoring three tries and 25 points.
Their 18 straight match wins in the sevens rugby world series broke their team record of 16 in 2008-09. The streak includes winning the only two 2021 world series stops in Vancouver and Edmonton in September.
Brown scored two of his converted tries to help South Africa lead 21-0 by halftime. The hat trick try came after JC Pretorius beat four tackles and offloaded over the fifth.
Pretorius and Selvyn Davids also dotted down as they led 35-0 before the U.S. replied through Lucas Lacamp.
But Shaun Williams went over a minute later to complete South Africa's Dubai-best eighth title, and fourth of the last five.
Argentina was third after beating Olympic champion Fiji 19-12.
Fiji was stunned in the semifinals by the U.S., which came from 19-7 down to win 21-19 in the last five minutes.
This was the first of two Dubai tournaments, and played without spectators. But the second next weekend is open to crowds.
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