Top five great rugby moments of 2018

3) Blitzboks dramatic comeback to win the World Sevens Series

After Fiji took a seemingly unassailable seven-point lead into the Series finale in Paris, it appeared the Blitzboks would have to settle for second.

There was a mathematical chance of winning the title for a third time, and a second in a row, but the permutations were unlikely.

Fiji needed to lose at the quarterfinal stage and SA needed to win the tournament.

Considering Fiji had won five tournaments heading into the 10th and final round, and the Blitzboks had last won in round one in Dubai, it was unlikely.

And then Fiji lost against England in the quarterfinals.

The Blitzboks, suddenly aware the dream was on, gave a nervy quarterfinal performance against minnows Spain.

They needed extra time to get the job done before beating New Zealand and England comfortably to take the Paris title and the overall Series by 182 points to Fiji’s 180.

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