15/12/2019 – World Rugby Communications – New Zealand defeat hosts to claim HSBC Cape Town Sevens title

• New Zealand defeated the hosts to take the HSBC Cape Town Sevens 2020 title
• Cape Town follows the opening tournament of the season in Dubai last weekend
• Competition now moves on to Hamilton, New Zealand on 25-26 January 2020

Ngarohi McGarvey-Black's try saw New Zealand come from behind to beat South Africa 7-5 in the HSBC Cape Town Sevens 2019 final on 15 December and claim their 11th Cup title in the country in HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series history.

Only a week after South Africa had beaten the All Blacks Sevens 15-0 in the opening round of the 2020 Series in Dubai, the teams met for the 25th time in a Cup final with the Blitzboks bidding to win the first two rounds for the first time since triumphing in Dubai and George in 2008-09.

Co-captain Scott Curry said: "We knew it was going to be a tough fight and nil all at half-time I guess is fitting for a crowd like this. Cape Town has really turned it on and the support here is amazing – we really appreciate it and all the support back home has been massive.

"It doesn’t get much better than that, playing South Africa in front of a home crowd with over 50,000 fans roaring the national anthem. It’s hard not to get inspired by that, even as a Kiwi."

France claimed the bronze medal in dramatic fashion with Tavite Veredamu's try in sudden-death extra-time securing a 29-24 victory over Fiji, their first win over the series champions since the Cup quarter-finals in Cape Town in 2015.

New Zealand and South Africa both have 41 points after two rounds, with the All Blacks Sevens sitting top on points difference. France's bronze medal has lifted them to third place with 29 points, just ahead of Argentina, England (both on 24) and defending series champions Fiji on 23 points.
The HSBC Cape Town Sevens is the second men’s tournament on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 after the opening round took place in Dubai last weekend.

The men will now travel to Hamilton, New Zealand for the third stop on 25-26 January where the women’s series will be hosted alongside the men’s for the first time.