Sevens

Blitzbokke now NZ's nemesis

2014-01-27 12:27
Werner Kok (AFP)
Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens team is becoming somewhat of a nemesis for New Zealand after winning yet another final duel between the two countries.

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The Blitzbokke successfully defended their Las Vegas Sevens title when they defeated New Zealand 14-7 in the early hours of Monday morning (SA time).

The New Zealanders used to be a bogey team for South Africa, but the tables have been turned in the past year.

The Blitzbokke have now beaten the All Black Sevens side in their last five Cup finals played, dating back to last year's Las Vegas Sevens.

The latest win has also given South Africa a lead in the Sevens World Series standings.

They trailed New Zealand by two points at the start of the Las Vegas tournament, but have now climbed to the top of the log on 78 points, one ahead of the Kiwis and 22 clear of third-placed Fiji.

The next World Series event takes place in Wellington, New Zealand on February 7-8.

South Africa's last five Cup final meetings with New Zealand in the Sevens World Series:

Las Vegas Sevens, January 2014:

Cup final: South Africa 14-7 New Zealand

Port Elizabeth Sevens, December 2013:

Cup final: South Africa 17-14 New Zealand

Glasgow Sevens, May 2013:

Cup final: South Africa 28-21 New Zealand

Tokyo Sevens, March 2013:

Cup final: South Africa 24-19 New Zealand

Las Vegas Sevens, February 2013:

Cup final: South Africa 40-21 New Zealand

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