While the Springbok Sevens team was elimited for the umpteenth time by Fiji in the Cup quarter-final (21-19) at the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens, the boys nevertheless went on to beat Australia (19-12) in the Plate Final.
The star amongst the Springboks (if not the tournament) was undoubtedly young Cecil Afrika, who scored all three Springbok tries in the Plate Final, reversing the 19-14 defeat suffered to Michael O’Connor’s Aussies on day one.
Cecil Afrika contributed 10 tries at the Dubai Sevens (Pic: Susan VD Riet)
Tournament Top scorer
Cecil Africa also ended the tournament as overall top-scorer (72 points) with Samoa’s Fautua Otto trailing a distant second (48 points). Australia’s John Grant (45 points) was third with Ben Gollings (England) on 44points and New Zealand’s Tomasi Cama (43 points) 4th and 5th respectively.
The Plate victory ensured that, even at this early stage of the 2010/2011 HSBC Sevens World Series, South Africa stays in the hunt for a possible Series Championship, repeating their triumphant 2008/2009 season.
The overall standings after Dubai:
1. England, 24 points
2. Samoa, 20 points
3. Fiji, 16 points
4. New Zealand, 16 points
5. South Africa, 12 points