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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

South Africa end New Zealands winning Sevens streak

South Africa end New Zealands winning Sevens streak

New Zealand's Sevens team can be beaten. Since December 2006, we all thought those words would never be uttered. But, on the weekend in Adelaide, South Africa finally ended the men in black's 47 match winning streak in the Australian leg of the IRB Sevens World Series.

A classic match that saw the Boks having to gang tackle and defend like men possessed when needed, South Africa succeeded in denying New Zealand too much ball and avoided the confrontational, physical type of game on which they have thrived all season.

Unbeaten in the last 7 tournaments, the New Zealand side are big, strong, and incredibly fast. Led by DJ Forbes and mentored by legendary Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens, the multi-talented teams winning streak, that looked to last all season, was broken by the determined resistance of the Boks.

Veteran Sevens superstar Fabian Juries was the hero of the day, with Juries scoring twice, including the vital final winning try. Young flyer Robert Ebersohn also featured prominently. The 19 year old looks a real prospect for the future of SA Sevens.

The incomparable Victor Vito scored another unstoppable try for the men in black, which we're becoming used to from the big guy, but it was the Springboks who came out on top and celebrated a historic 15-7 win in front of the 17 000 strong Adelaide crowd.


Time: 5:04

Posted at 11:44 am | 10 comments

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keelerugby April 08, 2008 11:06 am

I am going to be there partying away in London! Cannot wait, im just waiting for my student loan to come through so i can buy my england shirt, have been waitin on that since before the Six Nations! It would be an honour to buy rugbydump.com a drink or two!jon

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Robsy April 08, 2008 12:28 pm

Im going to be in Edinburgh fo sure!!!!looking forward to getting hammered and watching some mint 7's!see you there rugbydump!

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mo14k April 08, 2008 12:48 pm

Juries was on fire!!! Great pace & acceleration!! Very Potent!!That's awesome RD is going to be in London!! I might now make the effort to go out of my way to go now!! I live 5 hours away!!

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Kolya April 08, 2008 5:11 pm

So fast...

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angus April 08, 2008 6:02 pm

I thought the commenatator said that powell was the captain, not DJ Forbes.

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Anonymous April 08, 2008 9:08 pm

BOKKE!!!!!!!

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Rawling April 08, 2008 9:57 pm

Who was the ref there? Sounded English...

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Sharky April 08, 2008 9:58 pm

Angus, read the article again.. I think you misunderstood. Yes, Neil Powell is the Bok captain, but RD was talking about NZ in that sentence. Cracking game. Watched the full match live, and these highlights don't actually do it justice, but obviously squeezing 20 mins of action into 5 is impossible. Congrats to Juries and the boys.

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Anonymous April 09, 2008 7:11 pm

Ebersohn is a freak! 19 year old number 2 only finished school last year.... Surely a future Springbok!

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Gaz April 10, 2008 7:33 pm

Yep set a time and place for the london sevens meet and i'll be there! just got my tickets L27 anyone else there?

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