Blitzbokke back from the dead

2011-05-29 19:19

Edinburgh - Sibusiso Sithole scored a solo try from the final phase of the match to give the Blitzbokke a 36-35 win over Australia in the final of the season-ending HSBC World Sevens Series.

Results from the Edinburgh Sevens

The win was one of the most remarkable turnaround performances by any team in a HSBC Sevens World Series Cup final.

Injury-hit South Africa, who had only two fit reserves available for the final, came back from being 7-28 down to snatch victory at the very end of an epic Cup final at Murrayfield, the spiritual home of Sevens rugby.

Their win was also the team's first successive Cup title victories since 2008, when they won the Dubai and George tournaments within the space of two weeks. Last week Kyle Brown's team captured the London Sevens crown at Twickenham.

Also, the team finished second overall on the HSBC Sevens World series standings with 140 points, 16 behind champions New Zealand.

The Blitzbokke lost Branco du Preez (ankle) and Neil Powell (rib) on Saturday already through injury and on Sunday they also had to play the final without inspirational skipper Kyle Brown (ankle) while Paul Delport was carried off on a stretcher midway through the first half of the absorbing first half.

He sustained concussion and his condition was described as stable afterwards.

Australia, who lost 19-5 against South Africa in the pool stages on Saturday, started in determined fashion and scored three tries to one to lead 21-7 at halftime. Bernard Foley (2) and Jonathon Lance scored for the Aussies while Steven Hunt scored the solo SA try.

Delport then injured himself when he rushed to stop an attack, injuring his head in the process.

Henry Vanderglas scored straight from the restart to stretch the Aussie led to 28-7 before Frankie Horne and Bernado Botha reduced the deficit to 28-19.

Foley then scored what appeared to be the match winner for Australia, but South Africa had other ideas.

Hunt scored again in the corner before Sithole gathered the ball from a ruck, and with the sound of the siren in the background, powered his way through the defence to score the match-winning try.

The team played in four of the last five World Series tournament finals, scooping three tournament titles on offer in Las Vegas, London and Edinburg.

Paul Treu, the SA Sevens coach, described the fight-back as unbelievable. "Australia made a good start and we had to give it everything we got. We were severely disrupted by the injuries and apart from the injured players, Frankie also shouldered on bravely despite hurting his knee early on Saturday.

"What can you say after a performance like that? They refused to give in and South Africa can be very proud of these young men," said Treu. 

South Africa had finished unbeaten and top of their pool on Saturday and on Sunday they started brightly against a powerful Samoa outfit, scoring an impressive 28-5 win. Hunt, Afrika, Brown and Sithole all scored a try each.

Wales offered greater resistance and, much like last week, they ran the Springbok Sevens very close to almost register their first win in 23 attempts against South Africa, who won 22-19 at the end of a gruelling encounter.

The final HSBC Sevens World series standings:

1.    New Zealand 166 points
2.    South Africa 140
3.    England 127
4.    Fiji 122
5.    Samoa 120

Top point scorer:
Cecil Afrika (SA) 385

Top try scorer:

Cecil Afrika (SA) 40


  • Lord Haw-Haw - 2011-05-29 19:27

    I know its only sevens, but you have to hand it to them with that brilliant performance

  • Lloyd - 2011-05-29 19:28

    Seker n spul Bulle in die span.

      MrMojoRising - 2011-05-29 19:31

      Steven Hunt is WP en Sithole het vir die Sharks gespeel . . . weet nie van die res nie.

      Lord Haw-Haw - 2011-05-29 19:33

      @lloyd, I heard you were fired from McDonalds for being to stupid.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-29 19:59

      Na, Haw-Haw, you don't have to be very smart to work there. My job is safe.

      Lord Haw-Haw - 2011-05-29 20:32

      Nah Lloyd I think you are to stupid even for McDonalds

      Sapientia - 2011-05-29 20:38

      @Haw-Haw; while I agree that Lloyd's full of it, I think YOU'RE too stupid to know the difference between, "too" and "to."

      CamsComment - 2011-05-29 22:25

      Lloyd is a dick.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-29 22:41

      Great chirp buddy.

      Lord Haw-Haw - 2011-05-29 23:47

      @Sapientia, i mite hav speled a feew words wrong okaay. I wer blu jeen pants and use pc komputer

      Sapientia - 2011-05-30 00:03

      Actually, Lord Whore-Whore, you've just confirmed how staggeringly stupid you are; it wasn't a spelling mistake that you made, it was repeated poor use of grammar. If it was once, I'd believe it was a simple spelling mistake, but twice you used "to" instead of "too" to mean, "excessively."

  • Maverick - 2011-05-29 19:28

    3 tries in less than 3 minutes... I thought we were dead and buried. Absolutely incredible!

  • MaestroX - 2011-05-29 19:33

    @Lloyd, no chance mate, they scored three tries, not three drop goals, more likely a bunch of Cheetahs!

  • Noitol - 2011-05-29 19:36

    True Saffa grit -- does this old ticker a power of good!

  • Sinudeity - 2011-05-29 19:36

    Well played boys!

  • Amas - 2011-05-29 19:39

    Awesoime, Awesome, Awesome !!!

  • marco - 2011-05-29 19:47

    The Boks were 28-7 down with less than 5 minutes left on the clock,****ing incredible from the SPRINGBOKS.Well done boys and never underestimate the forward power of the Springboks as it is unmatched by anyone.Nobody could live with the power of the Springboks when they turn it on.

  • Ruan - 2011-05-29 19:58

    .....great win....WHAT A COMEBACK !!

  • geco - 2011-05-29 19:59

    7s Rugby final gives us the best pictures to use on lamp pole posters in SA to show what a united nation could look like! Just a pity thet when they received their medals the first bunch was all white and the second bunch was not. And that's the way they were on the snapshots as well... Aaaarggghhhh SA!!!

      Ockie - 2011-05-30 07:08

      My friend. This is not a colour issue with the boys in that team. They did not play for lamp posters and politics, but with shear guts and commitment. Look at how they celebrate when a player score. The team is definitely united and the coach is excellent! The commentators mentioned the same during the game.

      Gazza69 - 2011-05-30 11:16

      Leave race out of sport chop! Everytime this country achieves something, dipshits like you want to throw race into the equation. Go to an ANCYL rally loser!

  • Benny66 - 2011-05-29 20:05

    Couldn't handle Afrika's lethargic performance so switched off my TV at 28-7. What a CHOP I turned out to be!!! Well done the BOKKE!

      Lloyd - 2011-05-29 20:16

      Stormers supporter perhaps?

      Wizard101 - 2011-05-29 21:05

      Ja I feel like a chop aswell for not watching the whole tournament,I saw NZ falling out and Wales,then family happened.

      René Müller - 2011-05-29 21:36

      Lloyd, you like to stir, don't you? When they put on their green and gold, we should be all on the same side (I know we don't like the Stormer or some Stormer supporters). Benny, fortunately I left my TV on, and saw a game that deserved a 'standing ovation'. Sheer Brilliance and Determination. The Blitzbokke were determined to win.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-29 21:52

      René, me stir? Never!

      René Müller - 2011-05-29 22:12

      Lloyd, sure buddy! Ons staan maar saam op die ene!!

      CamsComment - 2011-05-29 22:23

      Lloyd is a dick.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-29 22:41

      Great chirp buddy.

      MrMojoRising - 2011-05-29 22:49

      Lyk my die Stormers en Cheetahs is die enigste span wat nie kommin supporters het nie . . .

      Lloyd - 2011-05-29 22:57

      Mojo jy bluf jouself.

      Benny66 - 2011-05-30 08:35

      @ Lloyd - Yep a proud supporter of WeePee! However, having said that, I thoghrouly enjoy watching the Bulls when at their juggernaut best as well as the Cheetahs (my wife's team). My take on losing is that I don't mind a team losing if they are trying their best and doing the basics right. It is when they (any team) play pathetic rugby, I turn off my TV. Eg the Lions having lost a number of times this year but for the most part you cannot fault their gutsy efforts!

  • capeflats - 2011-05-29 20:06

    well done boys, proud to be a south african

  • Proudly SA - 2011-05-29 20:22

    Brilliant result and although could see team were exhausted did not give up; fantastic pictures at end of whole team celebrating and showing how much it meant to them; again sport has showed us what we can do as a country and so contrary to the destructive, racist divisive environment that likes of Malema, Manyi and T.Ehrenreich have been trying to create. I really hope Mr Zuma takes note and steers our country on correct path and ensures we taking winning road.

  • ALCAB - 2011-05-29 20:24

    Well Done. Winning the final with so many out injured. BRILLIANT. A.N.C. please do not introduce the quota system and mess it up as you do when poking you nose into our sport.

      JC - 2011-05-29 21:01

      Not an ANC supporter... but the way it's going, the ANC won't need to interfere. So good to see all of our South African brothers starting to perform on all levels of sport. Bernardo Botha played a blinder of a game in my opinion, not that he was the only one... Hopefully, from now on, the quota system is dead. Focus on development. The quota system only promotes segregation and 90% of athletes (black, brown, white, orange, purple, rainbow) are against it.

  • JC - 2011-05-29 20:54

    Best sevens game I've ever seen !! Although I might be a bit biased because the Blitzbokke won but, DAMN, that was incredible. My neighbours probably phoned the police to report a domestic violence case because I went absolutely crazy. Great guts shown by the Boks, even after they lost basically all of their replacements. We have to feel sorry for the Australians though, they defended like trojans for most of the game, although we let slip a few tackles that gave them easy tries. It's great to win a game like that, but we all know what it feels like to lose a game like that as well. Anyway, GREAT JOB Blitsbokke and Paul Treu, us South Africans are VERY VERY proud of you guys !!

      tiger71 - 2011-05-29 21:21

      same here JC..I was jumping up and down like a little kid. Another great South African moment!

      BAH - 2011-05-29 22:07

      Ai JC, I so enjoyed what you wrote until I got to "We have to feel sorry for the Australians!". LOL.. Those buggers basked in the glow of some narrow victories at our expense many a time! It is time we do the same without feeling sorry for them! Incredeble game! Well done!

  • Boer - 2011-05-29 21:00

    F#ck the Aussies. Go Bokke Go.

  • Wizard101 - 2011-05-29 21:03

    Nicely done blitsies

  • Uncle - 2011-05-29 21:16

    if only they'd pulled finger a little bit earlier in the competition...Great job fleecing the Aussies nonetheless!

  • Gerrit - 2011-05-29 21:52

    I switched over to another channel when the boytjies were seemingly out of it . What a pleasant surprise to see the end result ! You guys are great ! Well done South Africa !

  • marivans - 2011-05-29 22:06

    I follow this guys the all week-end and I'm still over the moon. I did underestimate R7s before like a couple of comments on this block and other stupids political ones but once you get into it, is a trill to watch. I'm not a South-African but I enjoy every bit of the sports that's on offer and I'm passionate about what this country have to offer, so much guts all round, well done

  • Hans - 2011-05-29 22:25

    Bliksemse Blits Bokke , you give us groot lekker kry ! well done you deserve it . Hope SARFU have cash in the bank for your bonus .

  • Lord Haw-Haw - 2011-05-29 23:46

    @Sapientia, i mite hav speled a feew words wrong okaay. I wer blu jeen pants and use pc komputer

      Sapientia - 2011-05-30 00:16

      Actually, Lord Whore-Whore, you've just confirmed how staggeringly stupid you are; it wasn't a spelling mistake, but poor use of grammar. If it was once I might have believed it was a spelling mistake but, twice, you used "to" instead of "too" to mean "excessively.

  • CITIZEN - 2011-05-30 00:21

    no matter who they play for they were playing for the country that is what matters well done

  • Kleinboet - 2011-05-30 01:29

    Mooi, Bokke!!! Julle maak my hart bly. Dit was 'n fantastiese vertoning, veral in aggenome dat julle deur vele beserings gery was.

  • Orca - 2011-05-30 03:28

    Let's not get all teary-eyed here, people. This was an absolute non-event. The Kiwis clinched the title two tournaments ago.

      Ralph Long - 2011-05-30 08:09

      Orca, get a life.

      ALCAB - 2011-05-30 16:30

      SO WHAT.!!!!!!!!!! Our Boks pulled off an AMAZING VICTORY.

  • Ockie - 2011-05-30 07:02

    Wow! What a brilliant performance. You made us very proud.

  • wdi - 2011-05-30 07:32

    Paul Treu is stress se baas!! This guy can not be rattled. A Treu Leader in a tight spot. Well done Bokke!

  • PCDP - 2011-05-30 07:43

    Awesome come back. Great win for the boys!!

  • Samuisun - 2011-05-30 07:58

    Well done guys...proud of you!

  • GT - 2011-05-30 08:11

    For all Cecil Afrikas attacking prowess, he is rubbish on defence. He let through 5 tries yesterday incl 2 in the final that the guys just walked past him.

      Daw57 - 2011-05-30 08:31

      Trust somebody to find the negative in such a brilliant victory! And make a sweeping statement to boot. Ai, boet. (Or sis.) You must be an Aussie. I've watched all South Africa's games this year. Afrika is always one of the best defenders, and he has saved many tries. Including one yesterday where he tackled the attacking player out on the corner flag. Yesterday the team's defensive structures were totally disrupted by injuries, and the ended with only eight fit players. AND THEY PULLED OFF A MIRACLE!! Smile!

  • nn.prv - 2011-05-30 08:18

    Absolutely fantastic performance. Stuck wit the boys thru the 1st half and enjoyed the spectacle of the final try .That was phenomenal. Well done guys !

  • LACER8 - 2011-05-30 11:01

    Thank you Sevens Bokke for kicking the Aussies ass...You beauties...Well done for showing that the bokke never go down until the very end

  • Gazza69 - 2011-05-30 11:12

    Wow, that was and incredible game of 7's! Well done to Paul Treu and his team. Legendary stuff with a young team. Cecil Afrika is one of the best sevens exponents ever. We peaked a little too late in the season.

  • Paul - 2011-05-30 13:18

    Bliksem. Wow. Genade mense. Dit was iets uit n ander wereld. Vanoggend is daar nie genoeg plek in my borskas soos my hart geswel is van trots. Fantasties BlitzBokke. Dankie.............

  • Rene - 2011-05-30 20:06

    Absolutely one of the best displays I have ever seen of “wanting it more” in my life. The guys were prepared to die on the field to win that game for the team, South Africa and their amazing coach. What an amazing example of a team that was prepared to bleed for each other until the final moment. I agree I jumped up and down like a madman when that final power try was scored. You could never write a script with a better ending. Well done! We loved your remarkable disciple and fighting sprit!

  • ingrid.meyer - 2011-05-31 20:39

    What an outstanding achievement - it was a brilliant performance - I don't think anyone believed you would come back from 35-19 down to take the trophy - well done - we are SO proud of you - your determination was remarkable. Congratulations to you as a team and to Paul Treu. Watched the replay again today - once wasn't enough.

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