Blitzboks bag bronze

The Springbok Sevens side beat England 17-14 in the third-place play-off at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The Boks began the day with a narrow 10-7 win over Scotland in the quarter-finals, but were outplayed by Australia in the semis. Mistakes and poor defence contributed to a 17-7 defeat, but it was important that they made it to the last four.

While they couldn’t contest the final, they could fight for a medal in the third-place play-off. A determined England outfit overpowered them initially, leading 14-5 at the break. But a late comeback ensured Paul Treu’s charges won the match and a bronze medal for South Africa.

In the final, New Zealand beat Australia 24-17. The Aussies led 17-7 at one stage, but the Kiwis proved irresistible in the second half.