Cool, Cama and Collected: Tomasi seals it for New Zealand
Gordon Tietjens’ New Zealand Sevens side retained their Emirates Airline South Africa Sevens title, beating England in the tightest of finals with a last-gasp penalty kick, 22-19.
What resembled former Springbok Sevens Mzwandile Stick’s extra-time, match-winning drop-kick a few seasons ago, Tomasi Cama calmly slotted the match-winner for the men in black.
England led a pulsating final 14-0 but Gordon Tietjens’ side fought back into the match to lead 19-14. Mat Turner’s late score for England tied up the match and England looked to be in the driving seat with the kiwis reduced to six men, but Tomasi Cama held his nerve to strike the winning points with a last-second penalty goal.
New Zealand performs their traditional shirtless Haka after receiving the Cup (Pic: Martin Seras Lima/IRB)
In defending the title they won last year in George, the New Zealanders have closed England’s early lead in the 2010/11 HSBC Sevens World Series to just four points.
After the first two events in Dubai and South Africa, England lead the HSBC Sevens World Series with 44 points from New Zealand (40), Samoa (36) and Fiji (32) with South Africa lying fifth on 24.
South Africa recovered from the disappointment of losing in the Cup quarters to beat Argentina to the Plate, their second Plate in a row. Scotland won the Bowl and Zimbabwe the Shield.
Plate winner again… South Africa (Pic: Martin Seras Lima/IRB)
Scotland won the Bowl at Outeniqua Park (Pic: Martin Seras Lima/IRB)
A jubilant Zimbabwe Sevens side with the Shield (Pic: Martin Seras Lima/IRB)