The Blitzboks pose with the Dubai Sevens trophy at Cape Town International Airport on Sunday night. Photo: @Blitzboks via Twitter
The Blitzboks pose with the Dubai Sevens trophy at Cape Town International Airport on Sunday night. Photo: @Blitzboks via Twitter
The Dubai Sevens Dream Team included three South Africans, and one player each from New Zealand, England, Samoa and Scotland. Photo: @WorldRugby7s via Twitter
The Dubai Sevens Dream Team included three South Africans, and one player each from New Zealand, England, Samoa and Scotland. Photo: @WorldRugby7s via Twitter

CAPE TOWN – The triumphant Springbok Sevens team have no less than three players in the Dream Team chosen after the Dubai Sevens on Saturday.

The South Africans beat New Zealand 24-12 in the final, and will be confident of carrying that form into their home leg in Cape Town next weekend.

The Man of the Match from the Dubai Sevens final, Kwagga Smith, made the Dream Team, along with speedster Seabelo Senatla and playmaker Cecil Afrika. 

Senatla scored seven tries in Dubai to end joint-second on the top try-scorers’ list behind Scotland’s Darcy Graham, England’s Dan Norton and Solomon Okia of Uganda on eight.

Only Graham of that list made the Dream Team.

Losing finalists New Zealand have Joe Ravouvou in the mix, while semi-finalists England have James Rodwell, although surprisingly there isn’t a single Fijian in the Dream Team despite them going down to the Blitzboks 12-7 in a tight semi-final encounter.

The seventh player in the Dream Team is Alamanda Motuga of Samoa, who topped the Dubai Sevens Performance Tracker with 50 points alongside Senatla.

The draw for the Cape Town Sevens has also been made, with the Blitzboks facing Kenya, France and Russia in Saturday’s pool matches at the Cape Town Stadium. 

The Cape Town Sevens ends next Sunday.

Dubai Sevens Dream Team

Alamanda Motuga (Samoa), James Rodwell (England), Kwagga Smith (South Africa), Seabelo Senatla (SA), Darcy Graham (Scotland), Cecil Afrika (SA), Joe Ravouvou (New Zealand).

Cape Town Sevens Pools

Pool A: South Africa, Kenya, France, Russia

Pool B: New Zealand, Australia, Spain, United States

Pool C: England, Scotland, Argentina, Uganda

Pool D: Fiji, Samoa, Canada, Wales

African News Agency (ANA)