Two Springbok teams beat two English ruby sides in historic sporting weekend

Two Springbok teams beat two English ruby sides in historic sporting weekend

- The Blitzbokke retained their World 7s title by beating England in a dramatic final in Paris on Sunday

- The Springboks, meanwhile, managed to win an equally dramatic match against the English Roses in Johannesburg in the first Test on Saturday

- The Blitzbokke finished two points ahead of Fiji and 32 ahead of New Zealand in the 7s Series standings

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South African rugby fans are no doubt having a wonderful Monday, this after two separate Springbok teams romped to victory over two English sides. On Saturday the Springboks finally showed some backbone by winning the first Test against England.

On Sunday the Blitzbokke retained their World 7s title by beating England in a dramatic final played in Paris. The victory in Paris helped the Blitzbokke retain their title over Fiji by two points.

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The Springboks led by Siya Kolisi managed to beat the English Roses by 42-39 in Johannesburg on Saturday. The historic test ended in a dream start for the newly revamped team.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the match started off in horrendous fashion for Kolisi and his men when the Boks were down by 24-3 after 20 minutes.

South Africa’s first ever black captain managed to rally his troops and led his side brilliantly to one of the best comeback wins in the history of rugby. Kolisi admitted after the match that he was incredibly nervous at the start.

Sport24.com reported that Kolisi said he and other senior players took charge and spoke to the players. He said: "We decided to take control of the game and play at the pace that we wanted to play, and that's how it changed."

Meanwhile, the Blitzbokke beat England by 24-14 in the Final match of the 2018 series in Paris on Sunday afternoon.

The Blitzbokke finished the year with a total of 182 points, just two points ahead of Fiji who failed to secure the title when they lost to England earlier in the day.

Sapeople.com reported that South Africa went into the final against England knowing that a win would secure the title for the team in one of the most competitive seasons of 7s rugby ever.

Dewald Human was named as the Player of the Tournament and scored a fantastic try in the final to add to his earlier tries against New Zealand.

Human said: “It’s been a fantastic experience here in Paris. I backed myself and just enjoyed every minute on the field. We stuck to the game plan and are very happy with the win.”

The Blitzbokke will now focus on the upcoming 7s Rugby World Cup in San Francisco which is scheduled for 20-22 July 2018.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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