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South Africa pay tribute to former leader with 2013 SA Sevens win

first_imgTuesday Dec 10, 2013 South Africa pay tribute to former leader with 2013 SA Sevens win South Africa paid tribute to the passing of Nelson Mandela in the best way possible, beating old rivals New Zealand 17-14 in the Final of the SA Sevens. It was their first ever series win on home soil, at the aptly named Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. New Zealand shot off to a 14-0 lead as it looked like the emotion of the weekend appeared to get the better of the hosts, but an inspired comeback and brace by Branco du Preez changed that.The All Blacks Sevens team were aiming for their fifth consecutive title in South Africa, but after a few days that saw the passing of the great Madiba, as well as former boxing world champion Baby Jake Matlala, the victory for the hosts came at a poignant time.“It was a very emotional weekend for all South Africans,” said South Africa Sevens coach Neil Powell. “We realised that we needed to do it for his memory and for ourselves. We could only do it by playing as a team and playing for each other. It is an unbelievable feeling.”Samoa beat Argentina to take third place, while Fiji beat France in the Plate Final, England won the Bowl Final and Scotland claimed the Shield.New Zealand are still top of the overall series standing with 58 points, but South Africa are now just two behind them, with Fiji in third place on 48 points and England in fourth on 40 points.The series now moves to the USA for the Las Vegas Sevens in late January.View highlights from Day OneView the reaction of the South Africans, who ‘did it for Madiba’Credit: Thanks to the IRB for the coverageDay One highlights from the South Africa Sevens in Port ElizabethIn the changeroom with the Springbok Sevens team, who dedicated their win to Nelson Mandela.Credit: David van der Sandt/ABSAADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Sevens Related Articles 66 WEEKS AGO Part three of the award winning USA 7s documentary… 107 WEEKS AGO Table topping Fiji fly past Australia to… 114 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Touching jersey ceremony for young… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more