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NZ break Blitzbokke hearts

2011-12-10 20:14

Herman Mostert

Cape Town - A last-gasp try has seen New Zealand snatch victory over the Blitzbokke in the final of the Port Elizabeth leg of the Sevens World Series.

New Zealand won 31-26, after leading 17-14 at half-time.

South Africa started the game well when speedster Steven Hunt broke through but Cecil Afrika crucially knocked the ball on inside New Zealand territory.

The Kiwis counter-attacked and struck when DJ Forbes went over. Tomasi Cama kicked a tough conversion to put his side 7-0 up.

However, the Blitzbokke were quick to hit back when Bernado Botha went over a minute later - with Branco du Preez converting an equally tough conversion to level proceedings.

But Boom Prinsloo was then sin-binned for a professional foul at a ruck and the New Zealanders were quick to utilise their one-man advantage when Cama burst over for his 99th IRB Sevens try. He missed the conversion to keep the score at 12-7.

South Africa struck back when Botha scored his second try to level matters just before half-time. Du Preez converted another tough conversion to put the home team in front for the first time. (14-12)

Then came a potentially deciding moment in the game when, with the hooter sounding, Prinsloo looked as though he was about to score but knocked the ball on with the tryline beckoning.

New Zealand were quick to pounce and launched a counter-attack and Frank Halai sprinted clear to put them 17-14 up at the break.

South Africa camped in the Kiwi half early in the second period and, with New Zealand making uncharacteristic handling errors, were rewarded when Hunt dived over in the corner. (19-17)

Afrika extended South Africa's lead two minutes later when he scored under the posts. Du Preez converted for a 26-17 lead.

But the Kiwis were soon to hit back when Halai went over for his second try under the sticks. Cama converted to narrow the gap to two points with less than three minutes left. (26-24)

The South African defence held out for the last few minutes and the Blitzbokke looked set for a memorable victory before one late counter attack from New Zealand saw them break South African hearts.

Toby Arnold was first to pounce on an up-field kick and, with the hooter sounding, he ran clear under the posts. He gave the ball back for team-mate Cama to score his 100th IRB Sevens try, which Cama converted to give the All Blacks a thrilling 31-26 victory.

Scorers:

South Africa - Tries: Bernardo Botha (2), Steven Hunt, Cecil Afrika. Conversions: Branco du Preez (3)

New Zealand - Tries:  DJ Forbes, Tomasi Cama (2), Frank Halai (2). Conversions: Cama (3).

IRB World Sevens Series results from the third leg of the nine-tournament competition in Port Elizabeth on Saturday:

Cup


Quarter-finals

Samoa 21 Wales 12
South Africa 26 France 12
Fiji 14 England 21
NZ 21 Australia 5

Semi-finals


Samoa 7 South Africa 12
England 14 New Zealand 19

Third and fourth place play-off


Samoa 17 England 14

Final

South Africa 26 New Zealand 31

Plate

Semi-finals

Wales 24 France 20
Fiji 26 Australia 7

Final

Wales 48 Fiji 0

Bowl

Quarter-finals

US 26 Zimbabwe 0
Canada 21 Morocco 0
Portugal 12 Argentina 28
Scotland 26 Kenya 7

Semi-finals

USA 12 Canada 22
Argentina 14 Scotland 21

Final

Canada 19 Scotland 22

Shield

Semi-finals

Zimbabwe 21 Morocco 14
Portugal 12 Kenya 17

Final

Zimbabwe 19 Kenya 12

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Comments
  • Ajasa - 2011-12-10 20:24

    Disgusting but not surprising....SA need to change the mindset...Stop taking the contacts and work on the hands skills too many knock ons...But man the reffing this year were bad ....The aussie ref was as good ref as Brycey was....Im disspaointed but I hope that will not discourage us to go back in PE next year !!! Heads up boys ! Thats enough rugby for this year, a too much disappointing year for us bok fans...Defeat against Scotland...Bad head and assistant coaches ....Was too much for us !

      Hot - 2011-12-12 08:50

      and what is the second main comment...it was the ref...will this be the excuse for the next 4 years, luckly you only have to wait 1 year for the 7's

  • Comrade - 2011-12-10 20:28

    Well done boys...strange gameplan at the end...but well done!!!

  • Skhona Skratchy-l Luswazi - 2011-12-10 20:31

    Wow!!!crowd was electrifying more games for mandela bay you guys are outstanding!!!!

  • Larry - 2011-12-10 20:32

    BUGGER.

  • paul.coetzee1 - 2011-12-10 20:48

    Bokies...my heart goes out to you. You guys were awesome. NZ is a great team. Look at the records. You nearly did it. keep going. You guys will get there.

  • Jerry - 2011-12-10 21:29

    Hell that was an intense and great final...anybodies game until the death...!!! Congrats NZ, you were worthy winners. Hard luck Bokke, you guys almost did it....awesome final to watch...!!!! PE stadium gets my 100% backing for years to come.....wow....the people, atmosphere and stadium were super...!!! Can't wait for next year...!!!!

  • Zion - 2011-12-10 22:20

    Congrats New Zealand: I had my money on you to win and you done so Blitz bokke your nerves and handling let you down. Better luck next round.

      Zion - 2011-12-11 15:07

      Actually I was attempting to praise the Blitz Bokke in the second line above, but what the hell with small minds. There was no trolling (trawling) intended.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2011-12-11 07:20

    Two mistakes apiece from Chris Dry and Boom Prinsloo lost us the match. 1) Boom Prinsloo got yellow carded 2) Boom Prinsloo dropped it over the line, they turned it over and scored 3) Chris Dry spilt Tomasi Cama's loose-pass, and NZ scored 4) Chris Dry was caught offside in the dying seconds. NZ won the match from the ensuing penalty.

      Shoosh - 2011-12-11 20:45

      You conveniently omitted to include the error of Cecil Afrika- "South Africa started the game well when speedster Steven Hunt broke through but Cecil Afrika crucially knocked the ball on inside New Zealand territory. The Kiwis counter-attacked and struck when DJ Forbes went over. Tomasi Cama kicked a tough conversion to put his side 7-0 up."

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2011-12-11 08:32

    Sad, but well done NZ. So glad the tourno moved from George, at least now the locals support South Africa. Weird game 7's, how on earth did Wales beat Fiji 48 - 0?!

  • Ric - 2011-12-11 12:10

    To the South African at the 7's who sat in front of me wearing a French shirt who cheered France when they played the Boks: Fair enough, you have some deep seated grudge against your own countrymen and have decided to become a French supporter, but then to unfurl your All Black flag after the Boks smashed the French - that is surely a step too far! Did you have your England underpants on just in case the Poms managed to upset NZ in the semi?!

      Zion - 2011-12-11 15:04

      Allow the man his own preferences even if they are not in line with yours.

      Ric - 2011-12-12 11:17

      Of course the guy can have his own preferences - he just needs to pick a side and stick with it, not hedge his bets just so he is assured of a victory so he can gloat over his own people! I guess my gripe is why he wore the French shirt at all, when he was clearly guaranteed more success with the NZ flag ;-) Traditionally turncoats only change sides once...

  • Johannes - 2011-12-11 13:22

    the only people not blamed for bok losses yet-supporters and PLAYERS.....

  • Ronnie - 2011-12-12 10:04

    Very proud of the Blitzbokke for flying SA's flag so high. Absolutely DISGUSTING to see so many PE locals supporting the All Blacks. If you are such great fans - why don't you go live there? See how supportive they are to have you there. Sies man.

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