11 Dec 2011

NZ sevens players pull off win in South Africa

9:02 am on 11 December 2011

The defending champion New Zealand rugby sevens side have claimed their first title of the World Series, beating hosts South Africa 31-26 in the final of the series' third leg at Port Elizabeth.

New Zealand captain DJ Forbes opened the scoring in the second minute before Bernado Botha replied for South Africa.

A sin-binning helped Tomasi Cama score the New Zealanders' second try but the hosts kept pace with another to Botha before Frank Halai crossed for a 17-14 halftime lead to New Zealand.

It was all South Africa after the break, with two tries to Steven Hunt and Cecil Afrika before Halai ran in another try for New Zealand to bring the score back to a two point gap.

A desperate last minute move brought Cama's 100th try and the victory to New Zealand.

The New Zealanders finished second in the first leg of the World Series on the Gold Coast and lost their quarter final in the second leg in Dubai.

They are now first equal with Fiji on the series table.