Black Ferns Sevens, All Blacks Sevens claim victory in South Africa

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Radio Sport, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 16 Dec 2019, 12:40PM
Ruby Tui crosses over to score for New Zealand. (Photosport)

Black Ferns Sevens, All Blacks Sevens claim victory in South Africa

Author
Radio Sport, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 16 Dec 2019, 12:40PM

No Sarah Hirini, Michaela Blyde or Portia Woodman. No problems for the Black Ferns Sevens side who captured the Cape Town Sevens this morning as the New Zealand teams swept the event.

It was the women's side's second title in as many weeks after defeating rivals Australia 17-7 in the final, backing up from winning the Dubai event.

The All Blacks Sevens then made it a New Zealand sweep by stunning the hosts South Africa 7-5 in the final making up for defeat in last week's final.

The back-to-back titles for the Black Ferns Sevens sees them jump to the top of the series standings, an impressive display over the last fortnight with arguably three of the best players missing the two tournaments.

The men's side also sit top of the table, tied with South Africa on 41 points after two sevens.

The Black Ferns Sevens went out to a 12-0 halftime lead through tries to Kelly Brazier and Ruby Tui before Australia hit back at the start of the second half to close the gap to five.

Tui secured the victory and the title with a second try with two minutes remaining. Earlier, they booked a spot in the final with a 15-5 win over Canada.

The All Blacks Sevens were up against it in the final in front of a packed home crowd facing a side that defeated them 15-0 in the Dubai final. South Africa took the lead after a 0-0 first half when Justin Geduld made the most of a mistake at the back.

Ngarohi McGarvey-Black scored the match-winner with two minutes remaining as New Zealand held on for the win.

Jo-Anne Henderson said it was heartbreaking.

"It was terrible, we were all so sorry that we were enjoying ourselves while people were [dying]," she said.

The recovery team undertaking the recovery operation on White Island today. Photo / NZ Police

"It was very sombre on board. A lot of crying. A lot of people crying for many, many days, even up to yesterday there were still tears. It was so painful, it broke my heart."

She said the ship crew handled everything well.

"Our captain was wonderful. He kept popping up and making announcements to let us know. Royal Caribbean did a brilliant job," she said.

She thinks she met one of the victims.

"She was a beautiful lady."

Anderson said passengers were aware something was up when the bags of passengers began to be removed from rooms and taken away.

"All we could do was pray for all these poor people, and keep praying for them."

Speaking to Nine News, passenger Troy said many on the ship were unaware what had happened at first.

"On the day the captain was calling for people to report to guest services. We thought maybe people were [running] late and it was later on that we heard what had happened," he said.

"We didn't really find out a great deal of info until probably 6.30, 7.30 that night and they told us there had been an incident."

Troy said the crew were "really good".

"They were trying to stay upbeat and happy and do what they could but you could tell they were hurting. I think the captain was breaking down crying a fair bit."

 

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