NEWS ARTICLES
Blitzboks proud to deliver World Series trophy to SA
May 23, 2017
Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, called it a humbling day, while Blitzbok captain, Philip Snyman felt it was one of the proudest days of his life. For Springbok Sevens all time points-scoring record holder, Cecil Afrika, it was a dream come true.

Those were some of the reactions from the Blitzboks upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday, amid huge media interest and a couple of hundred fans awaiting the team to touch down from London, where they were crowned HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions at the conclusion of the 2016/17 series.

Sandile Ngcobo, Dewald Human and Marco Labuschagne were absent as they already travelled to France to play for the SA Rugby Sevens Academy in an invitational tournament in Tours.

South Africa’s last and only other World Series win came in 2008/09 when the team also topped the standings. Powell, who was one of the players in that squad, has now become the first person to win it as a coach as well, but he was quick to reflect that feat towards his squad’s achievements.

“It was a pretty amazing season,” said Powell.

“To win five tournaments and play in eight finals was awesome. We have set high standards for ourselves, and although we only play to win, we are really pleased.

“It does reward the massive amount of work put in by the players, management and other stakeholders, such as our sponsors. It was really humbling to see the support at the airport and we really appreciate that.”

Snyman was as proud: “Every time we pull that jersey over our shoulders, we do so for us as a team, as a band of brothers, but also for everyone who support us, in fact, for everyone in South Africa.

“We were pretty aware of the support we get whenever or wherever we play, so to be able to bring the trophy back is also the best way possible to say thank you, South Africa,” said Snyman.

Afrika, who has scored 1297 points in his career, said it was a dream come true: “I have been around for almost ten years now and just missed out on the previous series win. Personally I had to overcome a lot of things, including bad injuries, so this feels so good. It is indeed a dream come true for me,” he said.

The team will travel to Free State and Gauteng provinces on Wednesday and Thursday for a roadshow, where a number of school visits and media engagements will take place.

Stats wrap Springbok Sevens 2016/17

Top scorers:

1. Branco du Preez 175
2. Cecil Afrika 174
3. Seabelo Senatla 160
4. Siviwe Soyizwapi 145
5. Werner Kok 140

Top try scorers:

1. Seabelo Senatla 32
2. Siviwe Soyizwapi 29
3. Werner Kok 28
4. Cecil Afrika 20
5. Rosko Specman 20

Top tacklers series:

1 Philip Snyman 158
2. Stephen Tomassin (USA) 156
3. Chris Dry 152

4. Werner Kok 145

Miscellaneous:

• Chris Dry, Branco du Preez, Werner Kok, Ruhan Nel, Dylan Sage and Philip Snyman played in all 10 tournaments.
• Other players who featured during the season are: Seabelo Senatla, Kwagga Smith, Kyle Brown, Selvyn Davids, Justin Geduld, Zain Davids, Stedman Gans, Stephan Dippenaar, Sandile Ngcobo, Dewald Human, Marco Labuschagne and Tim Agaba.
• The Springboks finished the season with a points differential of +831. Next up were Fiji +703 and England +452.
• South Africa made the most tackles during the series (1174 in 60 matches at an average of 19.6 per match), followed by Australia and Australia (17.8 per match).
• The Blitzboks also scored the second most tries and points (225, 1403), with Fiji (245, 1567) topping the list.

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Vodacom Super Rugby
Saturday, July 22 2017
14:30 - Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Friday, July 28 2017
00:00 - Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2
Saturday, July 29 2017
00:00 - Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4
Saturday, August 05 2017
00:00 - Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, August 19 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
Saturday, August 26 2017
21:40 - Argentina vs South Africa
Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta
Saturday, September 09 2017
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
NIB Stadium, Perth
Saturday, September 16 2017
09:35 - New Zealand vs South Africa
QBE Stadium, Albany, North Harbour
Saturday, September 30 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs Australia
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
Saturday, October 07 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs New Zealand
DHL Newlands, Cape Town

Copyright - SA Rugby. All Rights Reserved - Photos by Gallo Images