The Blitzbokke’s hopes of claiming victory in the inaugural Nelson Mandela Bay South African Sevens tournament were cruelly dashed with a try on the final siren by New Zealand, who overturned a two-point deficit to win the title, 31-26, after Tomasi Cama pounced on an ill considered downfield hack from the Boks to score under the posts.
 
It was a nail-biting end to a thrilling final in which the lead changed hands five times before New Zealand became the third different winner in the third tournament of the HSBC Sevens World Series this season.
 
The 19 points the Blitzbokke took as runners up allowed them to close the gap on the series leaders to just three points. They are on 48 points, just behind joint leaders Fiji and New Zealand who are on 51.
 
Fiji had a tournament to forget after losing to England in the quarter finals and getting hammered 48-0 by Wales in the Plate final. Three weeks on the road did not seem to suit the Islanders, who looked almost unbeatable in week one.

Scorers:

South Africa – Tries: Bernardo Botha (2), Steven Hunt, Cecil Afrika. Conversions: Branco du Preez (3)

New Zealand – Tries:  DJ Forbes, Tomasi Cama (2), Frank Halai (2). Conversions: Cama (3).

The Cup results:

Quarter-finals:

Samoa 21 Wales 12
South Africa 26 France 12
Fiji 14 England 21
NZ 21 Australia 5

Semi-finals:

Samoa 7 South Africa 12
England 14 New Zealand 19

Third and fourth place play-off:

Samoa 17 England 14

Final:

South Africa 26 New Zealand 31

More on the vibe in the stadium and the overall experience later today …