Cape Town - Following his side’s loss to Fiji in the final of the Hong Kong Sevens, there was some consolation for Blitzbok playmaker Cecil Afrika when he was included in the Dream Team for the event.
The Blitzboks lost 22-0 to Fiji in the Cup Final of the event which they are yet to win.
Afrika was the only South African to be included in the Dream Team, which comprised three Fijians (Isake Katonibau, Vatemo Ravouvou and Kalione Nasoko), two Americans (Perry Baker and Ben Pinkelman) and one Australian (Henry Hutchison). Despite not making the Dream Team, there was also reward for Blitzbok Werner Kok, who was named Player of the Tournament.
They may have lost the final in Hong Kong, but the Blitzboks maintained their strong lead at the top of the World Rugby Sevens Series standings.
Neil Powell’s men came into the tournament with a 23-point margin over England in second and 26 over Fiji in third and departed with that lead intact with only tournaments in Singapore, Paris and London left in the series.
Fiji's win moved them into second place, 23 points adrift of the Blitzboks, with England losing ground in third, now 32 points adrift in third place. The Blitzboks now look ahead to the Singapore Sevens taking place on the weekend of April 15 and 16, where they have been drawn in a tough Pool B alongside England, France and Japan.