The Blitzboks produced a near-perfect performance to beat favorites Fiji 31-7 to claim their second seven-man Commonwealth Games gold medal in an action-packed final at Birmingham’s Coventry Stadium on Sunday night.
The Blitzboks had to resist a quick start from the Fijians, but after finally gaining some possession they worked their way up to Fiji 22m, where Selvyn Davids sent a kicking pass to Muller du Plessis to pass near the right corner, with an excellent conversion from Shaun Williams giving them a 7-0 lead.
They then dominated the rest of the half, running Fiji to shreds as JC Pretorius broke through into the right corner for the first time, before Pretorius won the ball on a ruck and put Shaun Williams in the left corner for a 17-0 lead at the break.
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The Blitzboks then got off to a perfect start in the second half as they attacked from a scrum in midfield, quickly passing the ball to du Plessis on the wing to sprint and score his second goal, Williams’ extras them. placing 24-0.
Fijian captain Waisea Nacuqu then gave his side a chance to come back with a converted scoreline minutes from time, only for Mfundo Ndlovu to seal victory with a late try to end a perfect tournament for the Blitzboks.
Earlier in the tournament, the Blitzboks progressed serenely to the quarter-finals as they moved through the group stage.
They then expected a tougher challenge in their final pool game against Scotland, but ended up beating them 34-0 to finish top of the pool, setting up a quarter-final against Canada, who were also to test the Blitzboks, only for them to claim a full game Victory 33-0.
Finally, the Blitzboks were given a real challenge in their semi-final against Australia, having to battle twice from behind in the first half, before retiring in the second for a Victory 24-12 to set up their final against Fiji.
The South African Women’s Sevens team then ended their Commonwealth Games on a high with a crushing 54-0 victory over Sri Lanka to finish seventh overall.
They had battled through the first two days, suffering heavy defeats to eventual gold medalists Australia, runners-up Fiji, Scotland and England to enter the final day without a win, but managed to activate the style in their last match.