Blitzboks captain Philip Snyman lifts the World Series trophy! Photo: @Blitzboks via Twitter

The Blitzboks were crowned World Sevens Series champions in London on Sunday night.

The 2016/17 series concluded with the 10th and final tournament, the London Sevens at Twickenham Stadium.

Scotland beat England 12-7 in the final, but it remained a special day for South African rugby.

The Springbok Sevens team earlier won the fifth-place playoff against Australia to end the season with a win, but it was their solid performances throughout the year that brought them glory.

The squad reached all 10 Cup quarter-finals, losing only two and winning all eight semi-finals they were involved in, as well as five of the eight finals contested.

They won the tournaments in Dubai, Wellington, Sydney, Las Vegas and Paris. This was only the second time that the Blitzboks were crowned overall champions, after they also won the 2008/09 Series.

Captain Philip Snyman dedicated the win to South Africa and all Blitzboks fans, saying the support throughout the season gave them much needed inspiration.

“We are proudly South Africans today and very proud champions. This one is for the country and for all our fans, especially those who watched us or listened to us play either late at night or early in the morning, when we were playing all over the world,” he said.

“We received massive support, even when things did not go as planned. This was a huge effort, and I am a very proud South African and Springbok Sevens player tonight.”

For Snyman, it felt like yesterday when they started the season in Dubai. “It is hard to believe it is the end of the season already. It was a great season for us. To play in eight finals and win five is something we are very proud of.”

The fifth-place playoff against Australia was won in the second half thanks to a brace by Cecil Afrika and a spectacular final effort by Rosko Specman, who ran the length of the field to score the final try for a 28-17 win.

The Blitzboks reached the playoff thanks to a 24-7 win over Argentina.

Earlier in the day, England scored a try after the hooter to beat the Blitzboks 17-12 in the Cup quarter-finals. 

England opened the scoring to lead 5-0, but Chris Dry finished off some dazzling footwork from Specman to score and give SA a 7-5 lead at the break.

It was 12-5 when Werner Kok raced through from the kickoff, but when the winger was sin-binned for an alleged neck roll, England scored the equaliser.

Then after the buzzer and extra time looming, Norton squeezed into the corner for the match-winning try.

Final Standings

1 South Africa 192

2 England 164

3 Fiji 150

4 New Zealand 137

5 USA 129

SA Rugby

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