The Blitzboks were crowned World Sevens Series champions in
The 2016/17 series concluded with the 10th and final tournament, the London Sevens at Twickenham Stadium.
The Springbok Sevens team earlier won the fifth-place playoff against
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
Captain Philip Snyman dedicated the win to
“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
The fifth-place playoff against
The Blitzboks reached the playoff thanks to a 24-7 win over
Earlier in the day,
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,
Then after the buzzer and extra time looming, Norton squeezed into the corner for the match-winning try.