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

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

13 Comments

  • drg
    10:36 PM 29/07/2014

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

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  • drg
    10:35 PM 29/07/2014

    Changed my mind :) http://www.rugbydump.com/2014/07/3819/some-of-the-biggest-hits-from-super-rugby-in-2014#allcomments

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  • drg
    10:27 PM 29/07/2014

    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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  • jimmy23
    2:30 PM 29/07/2014

    Have a snickers mate

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  • drg
    10:45 PM 28/07/2014

    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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  • eddie-g
    8:33 PM 28/07/2014

    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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  • hendogo
    8:23 PM 28/07/2014

    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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  • ando
    6:16 PM 28/07/2014

    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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  • jimmy23
    5:54 PM 28/07/2014

    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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  • rugbydump
    5:35 PM 28/07/2014

    Yeah, over the course of the weekend

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  • foxtrot
    5:30 PM 28/07/2014

    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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  • 10stonenumber10
    5:30 PM 28/07/2014

    Probably 170k through the doors over the weekend

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  • eddie-g
    5:24 PM 28/07/2014

    "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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