Sevens Final: All Blacks 21, Springboks 0

February 8, 2014
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IRB_Sevens-300x186The Springbok Sevens side will face New Zealand in a final once again as they attempt to win their third consecutive title on this year’s HSBC World Series.

According to the supersport.com website, the Blitzbokke overcame a significant psychological hurdle as they downed Fiji in the rain 10-0 to set up the third consecutive showdown with the All Blacks – this time in their own backyard – in the Wellington Sevens tournament Saturday.

While Neil Powell’s team may have won the finals in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas, this one will be up against a fiercely partisan crowd and a New Zealand side bent on revenge to reverse a five game losing streak against the Blitzbokke.

It will also give the winner the top spot on the World Series rankings – as South Africa currently lead the Kiwis by one point.

But while all eyes will focus on the showdown, which will take place at 10:30, Powell will already be pleased with the consistency that the side has shown thus far, but also the fact that they managed to rattle the Fijian side – one which they struggle against.

To be honest, while Powell’s team have been accurate and have won through to the final, it has been anything but pretty. Both their 10-0 victories over Australia in the quarterfinals and Fiji in the semis were built on hard work and determination, and solid defence which stifled the other two sides.

This time it was Sampie Mastriet and Cecil Afrika who scored to seal the game, but in the rain and wet, it was hardly a classic.

Still, Powell’s side are in their fourth final in five tournaments, a consistency he set as a goal for the team when he took over.

New Zealand won through to the final by demolishing defending champions England 26-0 in an ill-

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17 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Bokke trying to make it three in a row against the AB in Wellington

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Rain is coming down in Wellington :)

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    New Zeeland score first

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    NZ score their second try

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Bokke making mistakes, too many of them.

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    NZ gets their third in the first half, Bokke losing the rucks and get hit hard

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    NZ pitting pressure on Boks in the places

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Boks looking tired

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Half time and Boks have it all too do

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    And the Boks start the second as the first losing the rucks and given them the turnover ball

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    NZ defence are brilliant keeping Boks out of the game

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Boks can not get through NZ

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Bokke on NZ line for the past 5 min but get not get through

  14. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    About 7 off sides from NZ and Pommie ref not reaching for Yellow, NZ getting away a bit with negative play.

  15. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 11:02 am

    NZ win 21-0 with a great performance in First half, Bokke on the NZ line the whole of the second half but just cannot get through, NZ given a way 10 penalties in their own 22 and ref reluctant to give a yellow card for repeated penalties.

    NZ the better team tonight

  16. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    February 9th, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Too many Orks… not rocket science…

    What’s going to happen in Brazil when the Folaus, Saveas and co join the 7′s code?

  17. avatar DavidS says:
    February 10th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    What is going to happen in Brazil?

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