The South African Sevens side - the Blitzbokke - celebrate after winning the Port Elizabeth leg of the World Sevens Series.

Port Elizabeth – Reviving memories of Nelson Mandela's greatest sporting moment, the Blitzbokke beat New Zealand in another rugby final on Sunday – in a stadium named after the former president.

South Africans won't care that the sevens game is less famous than the 15-man World Cup lifted by Madiba in 1995 after the the Boks came from behind to beat the All Blacks.

Riding a wave of emotion throughout the two-day Port Elizabeth Sevens after Mandela's death on Thursday night, the Blitzbokke had to dig deep after a second-minute try for New Zealand by Scott Curry and another try by Sherwin Stowers.

But Branco du Preez went over twice to bring the Blitzbokke within two points, and captain Kyle Brown completed the win in the second half with another try. – Sapa-AP