The Blitzboks pulled off a comeback for the ages against
Fiji during the final of the 2019 Singapore Sevens on Saturday. Down 0-19 at
half-time, South Africa engineered a magical comeback to win 20-19 in what will
be remembered as a final for the ages.
Tries from Kurt-Lee Arendse, Angelo Davids and Ryan
Oosthuizen as well as one conversion from Selvyn Davids and the match-winning
penalty off his boot made for a nail-biting finish.
The win takes South Africa to 121 points on the World Series
Sevens standings, still in fourth place behind New Zealand (130), Fiji (142)
and leaders USA (145).
Coach Neil Powell said at the full-time whistle:
“It was very much an up-and-down game for us, I think in that first half it was just the mistakes that we made on our ball. I must give credit to the boys after half-time, they reacted to what was said at half-time and credit to the composure that they showed and the guts.”
As you might expect, the Blitzboks bench was feeling ALL THE FEELS as the clock ticked over.
Watch: Blitzboks bench goes berserk as they beat Fiji in Singapore
South Africa had already beaten Fiji once on the weekend, during the pool games. Fiji also lost to Scotland and only just scraped through to the final. They found some of their pizazz to beat England in semi-finals and looked set for a monster win over the Blitzboks.
But, despite the desperate start and being without some of their key players, South Africa dug deep and pulled off an epic comeback in the final – one which will galvanise this young team heading into the final stages of the World Series and begin to build for the 2020 Olympics.