Down 19-0 at half time in the final of the Singapore Sevens, the Blitzboks launched an epic comeback to beat Fiji 20-19 and claim the crown.
In what was one of sportings greatest comebacks in recent memory, South Africa were completely outplayed by the Fijians in the first half, with Amaniasi Tuimaba, Napolioni Bolaca Vilimoni Botitu all dotting down.
South Africa, though, returned a determined outfit in the second half and started their comeback when Kurt-Lee Arendse dotted down after beating a Fijian defender on the outside.
Youngster and Player of the Final Angelo Davids then collected a cross-kick to score the Blitzboks’ second try to make it 19-10.
It was game on and when Fiji’s Aminiasi Tuimaba was yellow-carded, the Blitzboks struck through Ryan Oostuizen to set up a thrilling finale (19-17).
Ill-discipline again cost the Islanders as they conceded a kickable penalty with 30 seconds left on the clock.
Selvyn Davids then added the three points to give his side the win.
En route to the final, the Blitzboks beat series leaders USA 24-12 in the semifinal and also knocked out Samoa 21-12 in the quarterfinal.
Of their performance in the final, coach Neil Powell says: “It was a gutsy performance.
“They really never gave up. We spoke at half time about the importance of scoring first after the break and that happened and the guys kept on playing.”