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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 Sunday 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 final of 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.
South Africa started the better, to the delight of the Cape Town Stadium crowd roaring them on, with Seabelo Senatla racing away only for a great tackle by Regan Ware to not only stop him but dislodge the ball.
A strong run from Kurt Baker took New Zealand into the Blitzboks' 22 and the All Blacks Sevens continued to build the pressure in South Africa's half but they couldn't find a way through and the Cup final was scoreless at half-time.
It didn't remain that way for long with Andrew Knewstubb dropping the kick-off and South Africa made New Zealand pay, Justin Geduld's kick finding Senatla who then found his team-mate again for a try with just over a minute played.
New Zealand fumbled the restart again but Baker was able to stop South Africa from scoring a second try by regathering the loose ball, before causing the Blitzboks more trouble in defence with another run that saw him bounce out of several tackles.
With three minutes to play, New Zealand silenced the crowd when they worked McGarvey-Black, who was later named HSBC Player of the Final, over for a try that Baker was able to convert to take the lead. A crucial lineout steal deep in their own half with a minute to go proved crucial as the All Blacks Sevens then held on to claim a first title in Cape Town since 2018.
Women's | The Black Ferns Sevens were crowned the inaugural HSBC Cape Town Sevens champions after beating long-time rivals Australia 17-7 in the final on Sunday.
The success, their 24th in 40 events since the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series began in 2012-13, follows hot on the heels of another historic victory in Dubai last weekend, when New Zealand became the first to win back-to-back titles in the desert.
New Zealand had not been at their best in the tournament, stuttering past Fiji and Russia in the pool stages and needing sudden-death extra-time to beat England in quarter-finals, but found the performances when they needed to overcome Canada and then Australia to win an inaugural event in a country for the sixth time out of 11.
The series champions had made the better start to the 16th Cup final meeting between the two most successful women's teams, Kelly Brazier stepping her way through the Australia defence to score the opening try and pass through the 500-point milestone in the process.
Shannon Parry was then adjudged to have knocked on rather than blocked a Brazier kick and New Zealand capitalised, a strong run by Alena Saili creating the opportunity for World Rugby Women's Sevens Player of the Year 2019 Ruby Tui to score their second try for a 12-0 half-time lead.
Australia, without a title since their record-breaking victory in Sydney in 2018, got back into the game within 40 seconds of play resuming, Ellia Green skipping past the diving Niall Williams to sprint away for her 130th series try, quickly adding the conversion herself to get her side back in the game.
The Olympic champions began to build some pressure but couldn't find a way through and instead New Zealand wrapped up victory when HSBC Player of the Final Tui handed off Cassie Staples to score her second try.