South Africa beat New Zealand to win Tokyo Sevens

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    South Africa captured their second title of the season on Sunday when they stunned World Series leaders New Zealand 24-19 in the final to win the Tokyo Sevens.

    It was a repeat performance for South Africa, following their 40-21 victory over New Zealand in the fifth round of the Sevens World Series in the United States last month.

    South Africa went into the break trailing 12-0, but rallied early in the second half.

    Branco du Preez scored nine points from three conversions and a penalty, while Cecil Afrika, Seabelo Senatla and Cornal Hendricks scored a try each.

    “It is unbelievable,” said South Africa coach Paul Treu.

    “For us we have been so unlucky throughout the year. To come back again after a disappointing tournament in Hong Kong, to bounce back and give a performance like that, it is not every day you beat New Zealand twice in the final. It is good momentum going into the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow,” he added.

    Earlier in the day, South Africa took a 19-12 quarter-finals win against Samoa — who are close rivals in the overall standings — and went on to beat France 14-12 in the semi-finals.

    Defending Tokyo Sevens champions Australia, who lost to New Zealand 35-17 in the semi-finals, finished in third place beating France 31-7 in a play-off.

    In the overall standings after the seventh leg of the nine-round series, New Zealand kept the lead on 132 points, while South Africa moved up to second on 100 points. Fiji were third on 98 points and Samoa fourth on 94 points.

    © AFP 2018

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    The Crowd Says (13)

    • April 1st 2013 @ 3:51am
      HighTackle said | April 1st 2013 @ 3:51am | ! Report

      Virus, food poisoning, match fixing, bad reffing, game not taken seriously.

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        April 1st 2013 @ 4:17am
        biltongbek said | April 1st 2013 @ 4:17am | ! Report

        Of course.

      • April 1st 2013 @ 9:47am
        Rebel said | April 1st 2013 @ 9:47am | ! Report

        …..beaten by better team on the day. Keep sweating on the losses though.

    • April 1st 2013 @ 4:30am
      Felix said | April 1st 2013 @ 4:30am | ! Report

      At least we got something after my stormers hit a brick wall 🙂

    • April 1st 2013 @ 7:46am
      Cantab said | April 1st 2013 @ 7:46am | ! Report

      Congrats to SA, good result for NZ though with Fiji falling off. 32 point buffer now.

    • April 1st 2013 @ 9:45am
      richard said | April 1st 2013 @ 9:45am | ! Report

      Congrats SA,down 12-0, but still able to come through and win it.That’s the nature of sevens,you can’t let your guard down,even for a second.

    • April 1st 2013 @ 10:58am
      atlas said | April 1st 2013 @ 10:58am | ! Report

      the points gap – a top five or better finish in the next round in Scotland – even if SA wins – gives NZ the 2013 title with a round to spare
      worst NZ placing this series has been two thirds, add in four seconds and (just) one win, it’s consistency no other team has been able to match

      Standings
      New Zealand 132
      South Africa 100
      Fiji 98
      Samoa 94
      Kenya and France 77
      Wales 68
      Argentina and Australia 62

      • April 1st 2013 @ 11:18am
        Leon said | April 1st 2013 @ 11:18am | ! Report

        yep and the NZ womens 7s team winning the their tournament in China and also lead the series. Things are shaping up well for NZ 7s program despite the mens team missing their key players. But its still a long way till 2016.

      • April 1st 2013 @ 8:45pm
        Wii said | April 1st 2013 @ 8:45pm | ! Report

        Exactly consistency is key whilst winning the individual tournaments certainly helps its series points overall that matter and NZ have amassed a healthy lead over their rivals

    • April 1st 2013 @ 9:21pm
      Shahsan said | April 1st 2013 @ 9:21pm | ! Report

      I think all the challenging sides have been disappointing. This was agood year to take over the kiwis at the top but none of the chasing pack ie Fiji, samoa, Kenya, South Africa, Australia, england have been consistent. They win one tournament and then get knocked out early in the next. And now thyre being chased by an enthusiastic bunch of teams that will become stronger over the newxt few years as we build up to Rio 2016 ie canada, wales, USA, scotland, argentina. france, portugal etc.
      New Zealand, on the other hand, have either won or finished high in every tournament, and they have done so while blooding lots of new players and with lots of injury problems. For the credibility of the IRB 7s series, the other teams have to step up. It is getting extremely boring seeing the kiwis win every year, good value though they are most of the time.

      • April 2nd 2013 @ 12:31am
        Wii said | April 2nd 2013 @ 12:31am | ! Report

        If they take the series this year it will be for the 11th time.

        • April 2nd 2013 @ 11:59am
          shahsan said | April 2nd 2013 @ 11:59am | ! Report

          Exactly. Out of 14 or 15 tournaments, something like that. And the series still doesn’t get a mention in any of the main newspapers in Australia. It needs to be stronger and have more top players involved

          • April 3rd 2013 @ 1:49pm
            shahsan said | April 3rd 2013 @ 1:49pm | ! Report

            And it should culminate in Hong Kong. The Scotland and London legs are rubbish and anticlimatic.

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