What a game of sevens rugby over the whole weekend from the 7’s Springbok.
They came from 7 points behind in the final to beat New Zeeland the defending Commonwealth and World Champions 17-12. The teams were locked at 7 all at halftime and it was always going to be the team that took their opportunities in the second half that was going to win the gold.
The moment that took it away from New Zeeland was a turnover in their own half which Cecil Africa took and sprinted half the field to score in the corner. New Zeeland came back with a brilliant try to take the score to 17-12. With their usual dominating defence they had New Zeeland on the back foot for rest of the game.
New Zeeland had their last change spoiled by a knock on and all that the Springboks had to do was to take the scrum and kick the ball dead which they did. This was the first time since 7’s Rugby was introduced at the games that New Zeeland will not take away the Gold Medal.
South Africa went through the whole weekend without any slip-ups and score over a 106 points in the pool games with no point conceded. This should South Africans 7’s Springboks a step in the right direction for their aspirations to win Gold at the Olympic Games in Rio.