Brilliant Boks break drought
6 Dec 2008
The Springboks won the George Sevens for the first time ever when they downed New Zealand 12-7 at a packed Outeniqua Park.
The Boks also broke the drought by winning back-to-back tournaments after Dubai last week and fittingly captain Mzwandile Stick crashed over for the crucial score. Before that Gio Aplon was adjudged to have knocked the ball over the line after a cross-kick, but from the scrum the Boks forced a tighthead and Stick did the rest.
DJ Forbe’s opened the scoring for the Kiwis, but a try late in the opening half by Renfred Deyzel brought the hosts back at 5-7. Stick then scored with three minutes to go and added the conversion.
“It’s awesome to win here, we’ve struggled in the past in George due to the pressure,” said Stick. “The support from the crowd was amazing and this was a very special one – our blood is green.”
Springboks - Tries: Renfred Deyzel, Mzwandile Stick. Conversion: Stick.
The Boks reached the final via a convincing 21-7 win over Fiji.
The hosts dominated possession in the opening half and three tries was the result – to Ryno Benjamin (2) and Mpho Mbiyozo who barged over.
The Fijians scored a consolation score with a minute to go but the result was beyond doubt.
Springboks - Tries: Mpho Mbiyozo, Ryno Benjamin (2). Conversions: Stick (3).
Meanwhile in the qaurters, Man of the Tournament Robert Ebersohn was instrumental in the Boks’ 17-12 victory over England.
Ebersohn scored the first try and set up the extra couple of scores. Ebersohn’s offload inbetween two tacklers inside his own 22 was instrumental in the second score, while his 40m break set up captain Mzwandile Stick for the try that sealed the win.
The Boks led 19-5 and a late try from the English was mere consolation.
Springboks - Tries: Robert Ebersohn, Ryno Benjamin, Mzwandile Stick. Conversion: Stick.
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