Blitz Boks shine

George Byron

ON A weekend full of tributes to Nelson Mandela, the Blitz Boks also played their part when they brought pride to the nation by scoring a famous 17-14 win over their traditional rugby enemies New Zealand last night in a stadium named after the former president.

It ended a run of four consecutive wins by the New Zealanders in the South African leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series finals.

There were 32360 fans inside the stadium to see the Blitz Boks lift the trophy and reaffirm their status as one of the world’s top Sevens teams after they were beaten by Fiji in last week’s final in Dubai.

The New Zealanders raced into a 14-0 lead after five minutes in the final thanks to tries from Scott Curry and Sherwin Stowers after the Blitz Boks were slow out of the starting blocks.


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