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BlitzBokke victorious at Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Sevens on 9 Dec 2013 at 11:00
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Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium’s three year deal to host the South African leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series came to a fitting end when South Africa beat New Zealand in the Cup Final. For two years New Zealand have enjoyed the favour of their Port Elizabeth based support as they beat South Africa in 2011 and France in 2012.

Both teams had a fairly easy run to the play-offs as both topped their respective logs. Kenya gave New Zealand a good go in their quarter final as New Zealand only managed to score their first try just before the half time hooter, final score 19 – 0. South Africa went on to play Portugal, beating them 45 – 0 in a 7 try trashing, with Justin Geduld and Werner Kok scoring two a piece.

New Zealand played Samoa in their semi-final, running in 3 tries to 1 beating them 19 – 5. South Africa’s semi-final against Argentina they managed another clean slate running in 5 tries, final score ending 31 – 0.

South Africa had all the motivation to win the final, playing at the iconic Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and a good 30 000 plus crowd behind them. It was, however New Zealand that gave their supporters something to cheer about when Scott Curry scored his teams first try. Sherwin Stowers scored his teams second try as New Zealand took a 14 point lead. Branco du Preez took South Africa within two points with two late tries as the teams entered the half time break, 14 – 12 in favour of New Zealand. The South African captain, Kyle Brown, scored his teams winning try in the closing minutes taking the final score to 17 – 12.

“This is a special win and we cannot thank the crowd enough for their support. It was also important for us to keep improving and following our fourth place at the Gold Coast and second spot in Dubai, a win here justified the hard work the squad has put into training,” said South African captain Kyle Brown.

Third Place: Samoa
Plate Winners: Fiji
Bowl Winners: England
Shield Winners: Scotland

Latest Standings:
New Zealand (58)
South Africa (56)
Fiji (48)


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