Blitzbokke do it again

BY MATTHEW COLLINS - DECEMBER 15, 2014

The Blitzbokke defeated a determined New Zealand outfit 26-17 – in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium – on Sunday to retain their crown in South Africa as the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens cup-winners.

According to the official HSBC World Sevens Series website, the crowd attendance for the final day was a staggering 36, 425.

"It was an awesome game of rugby and physical to the death", said the Blitzbokke captain, Kyle Brown.

The Blitzbokke, after having won the previous leg in Dubai, were set to defend their South African title, especially in the wake of a fantastic victory over New Zealand in the cup semi-final just over a week ago.

However, the Bay’s cup final was a continuous bombardment of emotions with New Zealand scoring first and Cecil Afrika being sin-binned. There was also a fair share of scares earlier on as South Africa had to play catch-up with Australia in the semi-final. Nevertheless, the boys pulled through to see them lift the cup yet another time in South Africa.

This result sees the Blitzbokke advance to first-place on the overall standings for the Sevens World Series ahead of Fiji and New Zealand respectively. It is a title which the team will wish to retain going into the next leg in Wellington starting 6 February, 2015.   

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