Richard Ferguson

BlitzBokke show great heart to lift Cup


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sevens, Springboks on 23 May 2011 at 10:04
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The Blitzbokke came from behind to secure the London Sevens title last night, beating firm favourites Fiji 24-14 in the final at Twickenham.

The Bokke made life hard for themselves by losing to Fiji in the pool stages and thus finishing second in the pool, resulting in playing the top finishing Australians in the quarter finals. It worked out well as the Bokke first beat Australia 17-0 and then managing a nailbiting 21-19 win over Wales in the semi-finals.

In the final, Fiji got away to a great start, scoring two quick tries to take an early 14 point lead, and most South African fans would be thinking that was the end of the road. But the Bokke showed heart and some great tactical play to score four unanswered tries to lift the Cup.

New Zealand were crowned overall series champions after they had built a large enough lead by making the semi-finals, where they lost to Fiji, as England, their biggest rivals, failed to make the play-offs.


12 Comments

  • 7 man lineout.Slim

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.05.11 10:06:42 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • The highlight of my weekend and great thinking by Paul Treu!
    Fantastic win!
    @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 1) :
    That was amazing!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.05.11 10:09:17 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 1) :

    I only watched up and including the semi..

    How we almost lost to Wales still makes me wonder..

    Great performance though, saw the highlights and they deserved to win!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.05.11 10:11:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • LOL. i changed the channel when it was 14-0 down so I really missed out. Didnt want to see another disappointing result.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.05.11 10:19:10 by Jeremiser Reply
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  • When is the next tournament?

    It’s great that the Bokke have now played in three of the last four finals..

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.05.11 10:28:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • yayy, something to be excited about

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.05.11 10:31:49 by PhillipGibb Reply

     
  • Haha some of the fijians are saying we killing the game. A seven man lineout and maul is a huge risk, one turn over, and you will have seven points againt you.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.05.11 10:44:08 by Mocho Reply

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  • This was a great game. Didn’t think we stood a chance after Fiji took NZ apart in the Semi’s. Paul Treu is a brilliant Tactician.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.05.11 11:09:39 by Ben Reply
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  • Which Unions is Steven Hunt contracted to?

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.05.11 11:12:27 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 8) :

    Fiji played their final a game early..

    But credit to Treu and the boys! Fantastic stuff..

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.05.11 11:21:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : True. They were outsmarted in the final. If you don’t have the ball you can’t score tries. As simple as that. Congratulations to the Boks.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.05.11 11:25:06 by Ben Reply
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  • Never saw ” bulls tactics” in 7s before.
    Worked out brilliantly :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.05.11 16:45:01 by Original Pierre Reply
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