New Zealand has done the double at the Cape Town sevens tournament, winning the women’s and men’s titles.
The Black Ferns beat Australia 17-7 to win the women’s title – and clinch a second consecutive victory on the world sevens circuit – and then watched the men’s side come from behind to edge host nation South Africa 7-5.
Man of the match Ngarohi McGarvey-Black sealed the men’s crown with a converted try late in the second half after a scoreless first period.
The South Africa Blitzboks hit the front with a try to Justin Geduld soon after the restart.
New Zealand captain Scott Curry said “it doesn’t get much tougher than that” after “an awesome final” in front of “50,000 fans singing their national anthem”.
The victory was all the more sweeter after South Africa had blanked New Zealand 15-0 in the Dubai tournament final a week earlier – the first time the Kiwis had been held scoreless in a final for 19 tournaments.
Curry said his side “knew it was going to be tough” again, and described the match as “a fitting final”.
“The support here has been amazing and all the support back home has been great too. We’re looking forward to getting home and spending Christmas with our families.”
New Zealand beat Scotland 35-19 in the quarterfinals at Cape Town and then crushed arch-rival Fiji 24-7 in the semifinals.
The Kiwis share the world seven series lead with South Africa after two rounds.