Blitz Bokke in top form after tournament win
The team beat New Zealand 17-14 in a fiercely contested match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens Tournament.
JOHANNESBURG - The Springbok Sevens team were crowned champions of the Nelson Mandela Bay Cell C Sevens tournament in Port Elizabeth on Sunday at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
The team, who dedicated this victory to the late former president Nelson Mandela, came back from a 14-0 deficit to beat defending champions New Zealand 17-14 in a fiercely contested final.
The Blitz Bokke have now clinched round three of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell says he was relieved afterwards.
"We needed to be close to New Zealand at the break, so when we scored late in the first half, it meant a lot to the guys. I am a very proud coach at the moment," said Powell, who won his first title after only three tournaments in charge."
Powell says the Madiba magic touched his team and they dedicated this victory to his memory.
"It was a very emotional weekend for all South Africans, but we realised that we needed to do it for his memory and for ourselves. We could only do it by playing as a team and playing for each other."
Springbok Sevens captain Kyle Brown praised his team mates for their special effort.
"We were all desperate for a good result and knew that we had to do this as a team. We had to dig deep to come back, but I never doubted the character and will to win. This is a special win and we cannot thank the crowd enough for their support."
With this win, South Africa moved up the World Series standings and are now in second place with 56 points, just two behind New Zealand with 58.
South Africa will travel to Las Vegas, USA as top seeds and will play Kenya, Wales and Canada in pool A of the HSBC Sevens World Series.