NZ wary of SA backlash

 Dec 06,2012
Written by: Editor

The past three years have brought with them a black wave of international Sevens dominance on South African soil with New Zealand winning the SA Sevens title in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Most recently, last year in Port Elizabeth, the Kiwis broke the hosts' hearts with a last-gasp win against the Blitzbokke and now Paul Treu and his men are steeled for revenge at this year's.

Knowing the depth of pride and passion for rugby in South Africa, Gordon Tietjens and his side are readying themselves for a backlash in 2012.

"Last year was definitely one of the special ones," said New Zealand captain, DJ Forbes.

"Toby Arnold had the ball before giving the ball to Tomasi (Cama) to seal the deal in the last minute, and that was against South Africa in front of their home crowd, so it was memorable.

"They (South Africa) have the home crowd here though and I've heard they have Cecil (Afrika) back, so they will be looking to get their season back on track.

"We can't read too much into their performances from their last couple of tournaments and I am sure they will be ready."

Forbes has been instrumental in their victories as captain, also aiding his side with crucial tries in last year's final, and that in 2009.

Whilst admitting they are all special, he looks back to the last tournament in George most fondly.

"2010 against England was probably my favourite. It was the last tournament in George, a place we had a lot of support over the years, and it was against England.

"Bryce Heem had gone off so we were down to six men and England had the ball before we managed to win a penalty. Some of the boys wanted a quick tap, but I called for the posts, which Tomasi was able to kick."

With thanks to the IRB

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