PORT ELIZABETH – Reviving memories of Nelson Mandela‘s greatest sporting moment, South Africa beat New Zealand in another rugby final on Sunday in a stadium name after the former president.
The South Africans won’t care that the sevens game is less famous than the 15-man World Cup they lifted with Mandela in 1995 as they came from 14-0 behind to beat their old foe 17-14 in the deciding game of their home world series event.
Riding a wave of emotion throughout the two-day event after Mandela’s death on Thursday, South Africa had to dig deep after a second-minute try for New Zealand by Scott Curry and another early score by Sherwin Stowers.
Branco du Preez went over twice to bring the South Africans within two points, and captain Kyle Brown completed the win in the second half.
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