The Blitzboks kept the spirit of Rugby World Cup 2019 well and truly alive after a superb victory at the Dubai Sevens on Saturday -- the opening round of the HSBC World Sevens Series.
With South African rugby on its most positive footing in a decade, the Blitzboks, who prior to 2019 were the one team that consistently made headlines for the right reasons. when other sectors of the sport were floundering, gave notice that their stated ambition to win an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo in 2020 is not misplaced.
Neil Powell's men beat New Zealand 15-0 in the Dubai final, having thrashed Samoa 38-7 in the semi-finals. They finished the weekend with six match wins after topping their pool and became the first team in 19 years to stop New Zealand from scoring a point in a match.
The Blitzboks' seventh Dubai title has set them up perfectly for Cape Town Sevens, which takes place in the Mother City next weekend.
To add to the success of the weekend, the SA Academy team, consisting of players that didn't make the final cut for the Blitzboks, won the International Invitational tournament in Dubai to underline the depth and quality...