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- Updated: April 10, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Regan Ware broke weary Blitzbok hearts as he crossed for the winning score, just 20 seconds away from the end of sudden death time in the Cup semi-final of the World Rugby Sevens series in Hong Kong on Sunday.
Full time score had seen the arch-rivals locked up at 7-7 and Ware’s score at the death made the final score 12-7.
The Blitzboks were on the scoreboard first in regulation time with big Tim Agaba going over 1min 35sec into the action. That was after a scrum just outside the New Zealanders’ line and the ball spun free.
A successful conversion made it 7-0.
The South Africans were opting to use long, ranging kicks to play in their opponents half. Halftime came and went with the Blitzboks keeping their nose in front but with 2min 30sec played it was the Kiwis’ Lewis Ormond who went over down the left flank after an overlap after backline play.
Gillies Kaka nailed the difficult conversion and it stayed all square and heralded the arrival of two five-minute periods of sudden death play.
The New Zealanders were down to six men with just over a minute to play before halftime after they were yellow-carded for a late tackle.
The halftime mark came and went and Sonny-Bill Williams was brought on to inject some more attacking options.
But he wasn’t needed as they attacked from the right flank and Kurt Baker put in an exquisite cross kick into the hands of Ware who jogged over untouched.
The result means South Africa’s hoodoo of never having won a series in Hong Kong stays in place… until next year at least.
Picture of the Blitzboks’ Ryan Kanwoski courtesy of Getty Images