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Commonwealth Games 2014

South Africa won the 2014 Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens championship, defeating New Zealand in a mild upset. The All-Blacks, winners of all these past, every four-year events (1998 sevens first entry), had been unbeaten in 30 past matches.

Held in Glasgow at Ibroz Stadium, 50,000 fans watched 45-games of rugby before the BlitzBokkkies defeated New Zealand 17-12 for the gold. The speedy Cecil Africa scored from midfield on a breakaway try for the winners.

Australia won the bronze medal, easily overpowering Samoa 30-0. The Wallabies participated in the tournament’s most exciting game, a 21-19 come from behind victory over a stubborn Wales side, the winning try under the posts coming a full seven-minutes into the contest at the end of time.

England won the Plate 17-15 against Wales. Canada were victors in the Bowl with a romp against the Cook Islands 50-7. Finally, Sri Lanka won the Shield against Trinidad and Tobago.