By ELLIOT MATHYE
The Springbok Sevens are in a celebration mood after they crowned the IRB champions in Las Vegas Sevens tournament.
This after the home side managed to beat all time arch-rivals, Fiji 24-14 in an exhilarating final today.
The Boks were already leading by 19-7 before halftime with Cecil Afrika, Chris Dry and Branco du Preez all equalizing on tries.
However, Fiji were not yet out as they staged a dramatic comeback just after the break but they weer cut off by a strong and organised Boks defence.
Fiji player, Metieli Nacagilevu gave his team some hope within reach of the Boks lead of 14-19 but Bernado Botha had other plans, he went out and sealed the game for the Boks with an outstanding finish.
The Boks are proud to have not lost a match during their stay in the United States
It was a tough battle for them to reach the finals as they had to fight back bravely after they trailed 10-0 against England during the semi-finals earlier.
Leading point’s scorer on the world sevens circuit Cecil Afrika was out of the action due to injury.
Meanwhile, domestic side The Blue Bulls are expected to reveal whether Zane Kirchner will be able to play in their opening match against the Lions after sustaining a rib injury in the warm-up game against the Pumas two weeks ago. The Bulls are also sweating over the fitness of Jaco Pretorius and Francois Hougaard.
Bulls coach Pat Lam confirmed that flyhalf Luke McAlister will also not participate in Saturday’s Super Rugby match against the Crusaders and will be replaced by Stephen Brett.
On the other hand, all is not well in the Stormers camp. Hooker Tiaan Liebenberg also suffered a knee injury during Saturday’s pre-season friendly against the Boland Cavaliers and he is expected to be out of action for 8-9 weeks.