CAPE TOWN – The Blitzboks had the chance to knock Dubai champions New Zealand out of the Cape Town Sevens, but a botched late kickoff saw the Kiwis stay alive at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday night.
With the scores locked at 21-21 and the final play at hand, the South Africans just had to collect the kickoff and boot the ball out to end the All Black Sevens’ Cup tournament.
But the ball was lost forward, and in typical New Zealand fashion, they moved the ball from side to side, and eventually outworked the Blitzbok defence that saw Vilimoni Koroi dive over in the left-hand corner to clinch a 26-21 victory.
But fortunately for Neil Powell’s team, they top Pool A due to a better points difference, and will face Scotland first up on Sunday in the Cup quarter-finals.
New Zealand had lost their second pool game 21-17 to Samoa after dispatching Zimbabwe earlier, and had to beat the South Africans to reach the Cup quarter-finals.
But it was the Blitzboks who withstood a pressurised start to the last game of the day in an electric atmosphere at Cape Town Stadium.
Almost time. pic.twitter.com/vksuW2gF1l— Springbok Sevens (@Blitzboks) December 8, 2018