Blitzbokke fight back to stun NZ
Branco du Preez (Gallo Images)
Tokyo - The Springbok Sevens side rallied with three tries in the second half on Sunday to defeat
New Zealand 24-19 and win the Tokyo Sevens rugby title.
Zealand held a 12-0 lead at the break but the South Africans erased the
deficit early in the second half with tries by Seabelo Senatla and Cecil
Afrika that were converted by Branco du Preez.
A penalty by Du Preez and a try by Cornal Hendricks completed the scoring for the Blitzbokke.
VIDEO: Tokyo final, SA v NZ, highlights
Kaka, Tim Mikkelson and Ben Lam scored tries for series leaders New
Zealand, who hold a 32-point lead over South Africa in the standings
with two rounds remaining.
was South Africa's second win of the series following a 40-21 win over
New Zealand in the final of the Las Vegas Sevens in February.
is not every day you beat New Zealand twice in the final," South Africa
head coach Paul Treu said. "Every win you have to take, and we can go
back to South Africa as a happy team."
South Africa beat France 14-12 in the semi-finals and New Zealand advanced with a 35-17 win over Australia.
Last year's Tokyo Sevens winners, Australia, finished third, crushing France 31-7.
The next round is on May 4-5 in Glasgow, Scotland.Scorers in final:South Africa:
Tries: Seabelo Senatla, Cecil Afrika, Cornal Hendricks
Conversions: Branco du Preez (3)
Penalty drop: Du PreezNew Zealand:
Tries: Gillies Kaka, Tim Mikkelson, Ben Lam
Conversions: Rocky Khan, Kaka
Results from the Tokyo Sevens, the
seventh leg of the IRB world series:
France 14, Scotland 10
South Africa 19, Samoa 12
New Zealand 19, United States 12
Australia 21, Fiji 12
South Africa 14, France 12
New Zealand 35, Australia 17
Australia 31, France 7
South Africa 24, New Zealand 19
Scotland 21, Samoa 17
United States 21, Fiji 19
United States 17, Scotland 0
Wales 22, Japan 14
England 40, Portugal 0
Kenya 17, Canada 5
Argentina 14, Spain 0
England 21, Wales 19
Argentina 12, Wales 10
England 38, Argentina 0
Canada 38, Spain 0
Japan 19, Portugal 15
Canada 27, Japan 14
Standings: (After 7 of 9 legs)
1. New Zealand, 132 points 2. South Africa,
100. 3. Fiji, 98 4. Samoa, 94 4. 5. France, Kenya, 77. 7. Wales 68. 8.
Australia, Argentina 62. 10. England, 58.