For the Blitzboks as well as New Zealand the weekend didn’t quite go according to plan and there would be no repeat of 2013 when the nations met in the final in Nelson Mandela Bay a short time after the passing of Madiba.
That weekend was a magical one for the Blitzboks who gave a grieving nation something to celebrate but we wouldn’t get any of that in 2018.
New Zealand and South Africa instead contested the Bronze medal match in a tournament that has included celebrations of Nelson Mandela’s centenary. Fiji beat the Blitzboks in their semi-final and the USA shocked New Zealand to set up the encounter at the Cape Town Stadium.
The Blitzboks produced a gutsy display in the final match they will play in their limited edition jerseys that honour Madiba and gave the crowd in the Mother City something to cheer about other than the 6785th rendition of ‘Hey Baby’ of the weekend.
Their 10-5 win means that they will close ground on their rivals in their attempt to retain the World Series Sevens title they won earlier this year but it was no fairytale, just another result ground out on the circuit.
Sunday’s action was a reminder that sport is not beholden to fit into our preset narratives. There was also