South Africa’s Sevens group are humbled and proud to have gained the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Sequence for the second time in as a few years, captain Philip Snyman says.
The Blitzboks clinched the sequence, performed over eight months and 10 tournaments across the globe, with an exhilarating victory on the HSBC Paris Sevens, defeating England 24-14 within the ultimate to pip Fiji for the general title.
Blitzboks coach Neil Powell was additionally named World Rugby Sevens Coach of the 12 months, whereas Dylan Sage made the Dream Crew of the Sequence.
“One cannot describe all the emotions,” Snyman stated.
“Relief, gratitude, satisfaction, pride and gratefulness are just a few of the things we feel as a group. “We actually took the lengthy street this time round, having to win the ultimate match of the ultimate match to win the sequence. The way in which the squad responded was massively inspirational.
“That said, the effort from the squad over the 10 tournaments was equally rewarding. We had good wins, patchy performances, injuries to key players, new faces, but in all of that, we had a system that we believed in, a process that delivers results, a management that work so hard for us and of course, a support structure back home that we play for.”
Powell, in the meantime, stated the gamers’ “mental focus and composure they showed was fantastic”.
“All credit to the boys for believing in their success. We had everything to play for and the team did an incredible job, not just today but over the whole season,” Powell stated..
“I also want to congratulate Fiji on an amazing season, they were phenomenal.”
Fiji dominated the Dream Crew, with Kalione Nasoko, Jerry Tuwai, Amenoni Nasilasila and Rookie of the Season Eroni Sau named.
Kenya’s Oscar Ouma and Australia’s Ben O’Donnell rounded out the choice with Sage.
Kenya gained the boys’s Truthful Play Award, awarded by the match officers to recognise the groups who showcased “rugby’s values of integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect”.
Kenya reached the ultimate in each Vancouver and Hong Kong this season.