All Blacks Sevens bid for four in a row in SA

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 5 December 2012
 All Blacks Sevens bid for four in a row in SA
The All Black Sevens are the crowd's adopted second team in South Africa and have won here the last three years

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 South Africa and now Paul Treu and his men are steeled for revenge.

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 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."

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Not only have New Zealand won three successive tournaments in South Africa, and five of the last eight, they have also won eight of the 13 Cups since the Series began. How does Forbes explain that success?

"We have had a little bit of success here I guess," added Forbes.

"There are probably a few things we can put that down to. We have a pretty good fan base, we get a lot of support. In George we had it, and we do in Port Elizabeth too.

"Outside of the rugby too we get into the community. We go out and give food and water to those less fortunate than us and we try to implement what we do off the field, on it. For the boys, we work hard to try and give some of the support here something to smile about."

Facing a pool here that consists of Fiji, England and Scotland, Forbes knows his side will have a difficult task in making it four successive victories.

"We are in the pool of death and as far as we are concerned we need to get the job done on day one. We have lost two Cup finals this year so of course we want to win here.

"To show our consistency is good, but it is still disappointing to trip up in the end. Our ultimate goal is the World Series, but the beauty of the Sevens for us is that we have another chance to get back on the horse.

"We have been pretty successful, but we don't want to rely on the previous results to get us through but we are looking to exhaust all avenues to get a Cup win here in South Africa."

Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens

Round 3
13-14 December 2014
Venue: Port Elizabeth Bay Stadium
City: Port Elizabeth
Capacity: 48,459

  • Emirates RWC Worldwide Partner
  • Cecil Afrika, South Africa
  • Frankie Horne