Port Elizabeth - South Africa have beaten New Zealand 17-14 to win the third tournament
of the IRB Sevens World Series in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, a timely tribute to recently
deceased former president Nelson Mandela.
GALLERY: Blitzbokke win in PE
A try from skipper Kyle
Brown three minutes from the whistle was enough to seal a hard-fought
victory over the Kiwis in the East Cape stadium named after Mandela.
has been an emotional few days and I was hoping we could put a smile on
everyone's faces after a tough few days," said the Blitzbokke captain.
"This crowd has been unbelievable all weekend.
"The guys' performance has filled so many seats.
"The composure from the guys was brilliant."
Curry bundled over the line to open the scoring for New Zealand, who
doubled their lead when Sherwin Stowers steamed past 'Bok playmaker
Tomasi Cama converted both tries.
The home side mounted some pressure, however, and reward came when Branco du Preez broke through.
Du Preez got his second minutes later to leave the scores at 14-12 at half-time.
Africa exerted a lot more pressure in the second period and it
eventually told when Brown won a line-out, spun out of a weak tackle and
broke free to cross for the decisive score.
"If we were close at
half-time I knew we could do it," said Blitzbokke coach Neil Powell, who
had seen his side dispatch Portugal (45-0) and Argentina (31-0) in the
quarter and semi-finals.
"Credit to the boys who carried the team through in the last 10 minutes.
been an emotional weekend and the guys are really feeding off the
atmosphere inside the stadium.
"It is a privilege to play here this
Samoa beat Argentina 21-7 for third place, while Fiji claimed the plate final with a 45-19 victory over France.
England won the bowl, beating Australia 28-19 and Scotland claimed the Shield, 19-12 victors over Canada.
The Series moves on the United States, with Las Vegas hosting the next event from January 24-26, 2014.