Blitzbokke win emotional title

Date published: December 9 2013

South Africa lifted the title in an emotional final at the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens after defeating New Zealand 17-14.

South Africa lifted the title in an emotional final at the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens after defeating New Zealand 17-14.

The tournament victory was a fitting tribute to former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, who passed away earlier this week.

Tries from Scott Curry and Sherwin Stowers put the World Series champions into a 14-0 lead, before Branco du Preez struck back for two scores for the hosts after Tim Mikkelson was sent to the bin.

The Blitzbokke trailed by two points at the break before captain Kyle Brown's crucial score put them ahead 17-14 after sustained pressure in the New Zealand half. It was the tale of the second ten-minute period as the crowd exploded into rapture at the final whistle to celebrate an occasion that meant so much.

In the semi-finals 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 Brown, Cecil Afrika, Sampie Mastriet, Kwagga Smith and Justin Geduld.

Earlier South Africa progressed to the semi-finals 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.


Final: New Zealand 14-17 South Africa

Third Place: Samoa 21-7 Argentina

Semi-Finals: Samoa 5-19 New Zealand, Argentina 31-0 South Africa

Quarter-Finals: Fiji 12-28 Samoa, New Zealand 19-0 Kenya, Argentina 14-7 France, South Africa 45-0 Portugal.


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 Cup quarter-final defeat to Samoa, Fiji impressively beat Kenya 52-5 despite playing the majority of the match with six men in the first semi-final.

Samisoni Viriviri scored two of their eight tries while Emosi Mulevoro contributed 13 points in the win.

Final: Fiji 45-19 France

Semi-Finals: Fiji 52-5 Kenya, France 17-12 Portugal


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 HSBC 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 quarter-finals.

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

Final: Australia 19-28 England

Semi-Finals: Australia 33-21 Wales, England 33-14 USA.

Quarter-Finals: Australia 38-5 Zimbabwe, Wales 24-19 Canada, England 19-7 Scotland, Spain 14-19 United States.


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.

Final: Canada 12-19 Scotland

Semi-Finals: Zimbabwe 10-24 Canada, Scotland 33-10 Spain.

With thanks to the IRB