Blitzbokke reign on home soil

December 8, 2013
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The Blitzbokke beat New Zealand 17-14 in the Cup Final of the the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

South African skipper Kyle Brown scored the only try of the second half in what was a pulsating final in front of an enthusiastic crowd to secure the title.

In the semifinals New Zealand beat Samoa 19-5 with Tomasi Cama scoring 14 of their points, while the inspired hosts were too strong for Argentina winning 31-0 thanks to tries from captain Kyle Brown, Cecil Afrika, Sampie Mastriet, Kwagga Smith and Justin Geduld.

Earlier South Africa progressed to the semifinals by beating Portugal 45-0 with Werner Kok and Justin Geduld delighting the crowd with two tries in the victory, after New Zealand proved too strong for a spirited Kenya in a 19-0 victory.

Ben Ryan’s Fiji beat France in an enthralling Plate final, following on from their Cup win in Dubai last weekend.

Julien Candelon scored two tries for France to take his tournament tally to six, but Donasio Ratubuli and Benito Masilevu also scored braces to secure a 45-19 win for Fiji against Les Bleus.

Clearly upset with their quarterfinal defeat to Samoa, Fiji impressively beat Kenya 52-5 despite playing the majority of the match with six men in the first semifinal. Samisoni Viriviri scored two of their eight tries while Emosi Mulevoro contributed 13 points in the win.

Shannon Walker scored his seventh and eighth tries of the tournament but that was not enough as England beat Australia 28-19 to go unbeaten on day two and win the Bowl final.

Having finished third and fourth respectively in the first two rounds of the Sevens World Series, England will be disappointed to have missed out on the Cup competition but ensured they went home with eight Series points by beating Mic O’Connor’s side.

It is Simon Amor’s first piece of silverware as coach however, and they booked their place in the final after earlier victories against USA and Scotland in their semi and quarterfinals.

Australia secured their place in the final by beating Wales 33-21, with Walker scoring a hat-trick in their 38-5 quarterfinal win against Zimbabwe.

Tries from Lee Jones and Scott Riddell (two) secured a Shield victory for Scotland as they beat Canada 19-12 despite a second half come back from an inspired Phil Mack, a member of last week’s Dubai Dream Team.

Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens Day Two results:

Cup Final:
South Africa 17-14 New Zealand

Third place:
Samoa 21-7 Argentina

Plate Final:
Fiji 45-19 France

Bowl Final:
England 28-19 Australia

Shield Final:
Scotland 19-12 Canada

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8 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    December 8th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Read A story that the All Blacks of ’95 believed that the Boks had the extra player “Nelson Madela” on their side and they would never have been able to beat the Boks.

    In some sense Madiba”s spirit help the 7′s Boks over New Zeeland again today.

    Boks came backed to win an great final.

    Congrats, and fitting end to this weekend, to celebrate the great man.

  2. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 8th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Best place thinkable to beat the All Blacks:
    in front of their “home crowd.”

  3. avatar Craven says:
    December 9th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    @Boertjie:

    Jip, I have to admit, seeing a South African coloured lady in an AB shirt singing “God defend New Zealand” looked oddly out of place, especially on the weekend of Nelson Mandela’s death when he did so much to embrace the national rugby squads. The when Nkosi Sikeleli was playing you see these same AB “supporters” standing around looking at their feet and hopefully feeling uncomfortable.

  4. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    December 9th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Weekend turned out great for me :-)
    Bokkies win, Proteas thrash India and my team win away in Vienna!
    report on Laola TV: http://www.laola1.tv/en-at/video/rc-innsbruck-festigt-rang-3/147635.html

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    December 9th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    @JT_BOKBEFOK!: and it is not even Christmus yet :)

  6. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    December 9th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    @Jacques(Bunny):

    Did anyone watch the Northampton vs Leinster game on the weekend??
    Leinster played the perfect game – awesome to watch! X-mas came early this year.
    Even received my manfrotto tri-pod today after ordering it on Friday :what:

  7. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 9th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    @Craven:

    Imagine how they must have felt when
    their team lost.
    I think most Kiwis look at them in disdain.

    Arme, agtergeblewe bitterbekke.

  8. avatar Craven says:
    December 9th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    @Boertjie:

    Can’t recall which AB player mentioned it a while ago that they find it a bit embarrassing when the locals go bos whenever they are in town.

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