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Monday, July 28, 2014

South Africa beat New Zealand to win Gold at the Commonwealth Games Sevens

South Africa won Gold at the Commonwealth Games Sevens for the first time, upsetting previously unbeatable New Zealand 17-12 in Glasgow on Sunday night. The record breaking weekend is being viewed as the perfect leadup to the Olympics. 

The All Blacks Sevens team had gone 30 matches unbeaten in the Games, dating back to 1998, when they first won Gold in Kuala Lumpur, the year the sport made it's debut on that stage.

The South African side had been impressive all weekend though, and when it came to the final their speed and guile shone through, despite losing key man and captain Kyle Brown early on to injury. They soldiered on with the likes of youngster Kwagga Smith throwing his heart into everything, with stars Seabelo Senatla and Cecil Afrika scoring vital tries for the men in green and gold.

Australia won Bronze with a 24-0 third place playoff victory over Samoa, as southern hemisphere sides dominated on a weekend where a record breaking crowd of over 170 000 packed Ibrox.

"Glasgow 2014 has been the ideal stage to showcase our sport and the perfect springboard to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset ahead of the 2016 Olympics.

Inspirational back Afrika, one of the smallest Boks but often the most courageous, said that beating New Zealand to win was an unbelievable feeling, and he knew the fans back home would be proud.

"This feeling is the greatest. We as South Africans are so proud. Rugby is our national sport, we always strive to be the best in the world.

"The Commonwealth Games is a one-off tournament. As a squad we want to take this forward to the Rio Olympics. I know we have made the people back home proud."

1998, Kuala Lumpur - New Zealand | 2002, Manchester - New Zealand | 2006, Melbourne - New Zealand | 2010, Delhi - New Zealand | 2014, Glasgow - South Africa

[Note: The video is only available in select countries]

Posted by Rugbydump at 2:08 pm | View Comments (18)

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Eddie-g July 28, 2014 4:24 pm

"a record breaking crowd of over 170 000 packed Ibrox"

That can't be correct... I read that Ibrox was packed, but 170k seems a bit much...

More seriously, this is going to be an awesome addition to the Olympics. Wonder how many of the 15-a-side stars might want to get into 7s again.

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FoXtroT July 28, 2014 4:30 pm

As far as I know a number of All Blacks are looking for a place in the Olympic squad. Bryan Habana and Schalk Brits were also supposed to play for SA in the Commonwealth Games but were held back by their clubs.

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Rugbydump July 28, 2014 4:35 pm

Yeah, over the course of the weekend

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10stonenumber10 July 28, 2014 4:30 pm

Probably 170k through the doors over the weekend

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jimmy23 July 28, 2014 4:54 pm

Haha okay so I live in SCOTLAND and it's not available, superb logic there Commonwealth Games youtube channel.
That aside, it was refreshing to see someone else win a big 7s tournament for a change.

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Ando July 28, 2014 5:16 pm

Nice of them to pop the lawn bowls highlights at the end of the video - I was wondering what the result of Eng v NZ was...

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Hendogo July 28, 2014 7:23 pm

The Olympics always needed a contact sport, and now they have one. Lets see if Rio can bring the sport a much needed spotlight.

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Eddie-g July 28, 2014 7:33 pm

Martial arts sports, wrestling, boxing, among others, would like to remind you they have long been Olympic events...

But no doubt 7s will be a brilliant addition. Great for rugby of course, but the Olympics will benefit too. Starting 2016

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DrG July 28, 2014 9:45 pm

My fitness is pretty appalling at the moment, but I would honestly love to get into some sort of lower league 7's again. I don't think I've necessarily got the pace for any 1st team local clubs (if there are any) but the s**t that 15's is going through at the moment with these awful laws just makes me want to go back to the roots/back to the primitive.. pick up the foo-king ball and run, look for support, offload, keep your head screwed on.

Perhaps it's Summer blues or something, but I feel almost fed up of 15's :(

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JJ July 29, 2014 2:27 am

Dont be putting videos of bowls on rugbydump... this is a mans site

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dT July 29, 2014 8:12 am

Does any one have a link that works in Australia, with the highlights?

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Canadian-N8 July 29, 2014 10:55 am

"Dr"G it's so sad you admitted your physical condition was "appalling". Just so you know 15's is now for healthy beefed up macho men. A place where your average fatso (like yourself according to you) is there just to see the advertisements and salivate at the athletes. Never mind the score or the decisions or the law changes (that your tiny little mind can't possibly understand hence you are "fed up" with the sport). We see it best you underwent some plastic surgery to lessen your offensive appearance and show your support. Please post a before and after picture on all of your social media pages with a suitable apology to the world and report back to us immediately, the physical attractive alpha males of this world that thrive upon sadness from porkers.

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jimmy23 July 29, 2014 1:30 pm

Have a snickers mate

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DrG July 29, 2014 9:27 pm

Fitness... not physical condition ;)

What's this macho thing a crying canuck such as yourself is talking about. Anyway continue trolling with your many accounts, it's enjoyable.

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DrG July 29, 2014 9:36 pm

Oh just to add, my tiny little mind knows where the reply button is, does yours? xxx ;)

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jim July 30, 2014 10:02 pm

Kiwis too much party in Holland/ Castricum

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