Blitzbox beat Fiji to win Commonwealth Games gold



Blitzbox put on a near-perfect performance as they thrashed favorites Fiji 31-7 to claim their second-ever Commonwealth Games gold medal in sevens in a fast-paced final at Coventry Stadium in Birmingham on Sunday night.

The Blitzboxes had to endure a fast start from the Fijians, but after they finally got the ball, they fought their way up the field to the 22-meter Fiji, where Selwyn Davids kicked Muller du Plessis to go near the right corner . with the best conversion from Sean Williams giving them a 7-0 lead.

They then dominated the remainder of the half, leading Fiji unevenly as JC Pretorius moved to the right corner first, before Pretorius won the ball in a ruck to take Shaun Williams to the left corner for a 17-0 lead.

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The Blitzboxes then got off to a perfect second half as they attacked from a scrum in midfield, quickly passing the ball to du Plessis on the wing for him to run up and score his second goal as additional Williams put the score up 24-0.

Fiji captain Waisea Nakuku then gave his team a chance to come back with a converted score with minutes left, but Mfundo Ndlovu sealed the victory with a late attempt to complete the perfect tournament for the Blitzboxes.

serene progress

Earlier in the tournament, the Blitzboks quietly advanced to the quarter-finals by clearing the pool stage.

They started their games without shifting into second gear in their first two games, brushing aside Malaysia 46-0 as well as Tonga 36-5.

They then expected a more serious test in the final pool match against Scotland, but in the end beat them 34-0 take first place in the group by setting up a quarter-final against Canada, who also had to test the blitzboxes, only for them to qualify for the all-round 33-0 win.

Finally, in the semi-final against Australia, the blitzboxes received a worthy challenge: in the first half they had to fight back twice, and in the second they were pulled away. 24-12 win organize their final against Fiji.

The South African Women’s Sevens team then finished their Commonwealth Games on a high with a landslide 54-0 victory over Sri Lanka to finish seventh overall.

They battled through the first two days, suffering heavy losses to eventual gold medalists Australia, runners-up Fiji, Scotland and England to go on the final day without a win, but managed to turn on style in their final match.