The Springbok Sevens were beaten 19-17 by England in the Plate semi-finals on day two of the London Sevens.
The Blitzboks led 17-15 against England as the final hooter sounded, and looked like advancing to the Plate title-decider. However, a poor defensive effort at the death saw Bishops old boy Mat Turner run away for the match-winning score – a move that was created from behind their own tryline.
It was closely-contested match as South Africa led 10-5 at half-time. A Cornal Hendricks brace kept Blitzboks ahead as England crossed the chalk via Tom Powell.
Sam Edgerly gave the hosts the lead as he dived over under the posts. A clever chip from Philip Burger set up Kyle Brown out wide, which seemed like the defining try before Turner’s late effort sealed an unlikely win.
Earlier in the day, the Springbok Sevens suffered a 36-0 defeat against New Zealand.
The Kiwis eased to the convincing victory as they ran in six tries. Ardie Savea grabbed a brace in the first half, while skipper DJ Forbes completed his double in the second stanza. The Blitboks struggled on attack, while they were also weak on defence as they couldn’t build any all-round momentum.
Meanwhile, New Zealand were crowned the 2011-12 World Series champions with their run into the Cup semi-finals in London. Although they were eliminated by Fiji after a 31-7 defeat, they still accumulated enough log points to secure top place in the overall standings.
Blitzboks’ fixtures (day two):
Cup quarter-final – South Africa 0 New Zealand 36
Plate semi-final – South Africa 17 England 19