CAPE TOWN – The Blitzboks gained a measure of revenge by beating New Zealand 10-5 to finish third at the Cape Town Sevens on Sunday evening.
The South Africans were knocked out in the semi-finals by Fiji, and had to try to get up again for much-needed World Series points against their arch-rivals in the third-place playoff.
Coach Neil Powell had a depleted squad to choose from, with captain Philip Snyman, Zain Davids and Muller du Plessis all unavailable for their second encounter against the All Black Sevens.
The Kiwis had triumphed in dramatic fashion in a Pool A clash on Saturday, but this time around, the Blitzboks had their number.
The visitors, though, were first on the board when their dynamic captain Sione Molia pounced to dot down in the second minute.