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Commonwealth
Oct 12 2010 4:40PM
 
Bronze for SA sevens
INDIA, New Delhi : South Africa's Ryno Benjamin scores as Wales' Gareth Davies (top) tries to stop him their Rugby Sevens match at the XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 11, 2010. South Africa won 21-5. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE
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The Springbok Sevens fought back from 5-14 down to beat England 17-14 and claim the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi on Tuesday.

Bernado Botha scored for South Africa within the first minute, but England hit back with converted tries from Matthew Turner and Dan Caprice to go into the break 14-5 up.

The South Africans were far improved in the second half after Paul Treu's half-time talk.

Cecil Afrika scored and converted his own try after a period of sustained pressure to cut the English lead to just two points.

Lubabalo Mtembu then scored the match-winning try with just one minute remaining on the clock when he stormed over in the corner.

"They responded splendidly to the challenge and I am delighted for the lads. It was a tough ask of the guys after the disappointment of losing to Australia in the semi-final, but they showed real mental strength to come back from 14-5 down to shut out the game against a very good English team." said Treu

In the semi-final Australia dominated possession against the Springbok Sevens after Ryno Benjamin gave his side the lead with a try under the posts. The Aussies stormed back with tries from Lachlan Turner and Liam Gill to lead 10-7 at halftime, before James Stannard secured the victory in the second half with a converted try.

New Zealand won a fourth consecutive gold medal after they beat Australia 24-17 in the final. South Africa lost 17-7 to Australia in their semi-final after they beat Scotland (10-7) in the quarter-finals.

 
   
-Sapa

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