Cape Town - The Blitzboks scored a 17-12 win over Kenya in their opening Pool D clash of the Emirates Airlines Dubai Sevens, but had to overhaul their fellow Africans to claim the win.
Kenya struck again soon after with a well-placed kick resulting in a second try and a 12-5 lead going into the break.
More was to follow from the bench as Seabelo Senatla saw some space following a ruck and outpaced the Kenyan defence for his first try in Dubai. The South Africa record-try scorer in the World Series extended that tally to 225.
"The reality is that the series is becoming more and more competitive every year and there are no easy games anymore, so when you make mistakes, you will pay for them.
Kenya - Tries: Alvin Otieno, Vincent Onyala. Conversion: Daniel Taabu.