South Africa win Gold in Sevens

July 27, 2014
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Wing Seabelo Senatla scored 11 tries as South Africa won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games - Photo: IRB / Martin Seras Lima

Wing Seabelo Senatla scored 11 tries as South Africa won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games – Photo: IRB / Martin Seras Lima

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.

Turning Point

Turning Point

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.

Gold Winners  Photo by: AP

Gold Winners
Photo by: AP

Gold Winners!!

Gold Winners!! 

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11 Comments

  1. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    July 27th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Great win, so nice to see Gold and even better to have beaten NZ in the Final

  2. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    July 28th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Impressive win… only really the Fijians missing from the usual suspects… here’s hoping this bodes well for the Olympics…

    Let’s face it it’s been a shocker Comm games performance from RSA… even the Kiwi’s have more Golds…

  3. avatar DavidS says:
    July 28th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Ork that biatchuhs!

  4. avatar DavidS says:
    July 28th, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Bryce when the cash meant for athletics is spent to build a palace for il presidente….

  5. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    July 28th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    @DavidS:

    Exactly…

  6. avatar out wide says:
    July 29th, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Bunny, You are right. A great game from a team that seems to be growing in strength and play off one another very well. The turning point turnover you mention was orchestrated by Warren Whitely who I thought played like he had been in the 7′s side along with the more seasoned campaigners for a long time. Glad he is being recognised and has found his niche after being overlooked in the XV man Bok side.

  7. avatar out wide says:
    July 29th, 2014 at 2:04 am

    @bryce_in_oz: Ha ha Bryce “even the kiwis”….strong words from across the ditch. Gearing up for the S15 final already are you?

  8. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    July 29th, 2014 at 6:30 am

    @out wide:

    Haha… nope RSA should be trouncing NZ in a CommGames all things (but pigs at the trough) considered…

    As for the finals… I’m really undecided as to who I want to win…

    Shock horror maybe even the Tah’s just for something new in the comp… but that’s still a maybe…

  9. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    July 29th, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Going to be interesting to see how things change in planning for Olympic 7′s…

    Both NZ are already making noise about including some of their top 22man game practitioners… and NZ is already building up their squad by including a few schoolboys…

    No doubt all the other top tiers are doing the same…

  10. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    July 29th, 2014 at 7:07 am

    @out wide:

    Whitely has… he was a part of the 2012 and 2013 7′s circuit…

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    July 29th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Whitely was a “Yster” no other words to describe this man ability and commitment.

    He reminds me alot of Big Joe when he started.

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