Johannesburg - The Springbok Sevens welcomed back Cecil Afrika to the fold as they opened their London Sevens campaign with a tough 5-0 victory over Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.
According to the supersport.com website, the Blitzbokke made sure that captain Frankie Horne’s 50th consecutive tournament was started in style, and that the veteran had something to celebrate as they grinded out the victory against the Wallabies after a scoreless first half.
Afrika, who joined the team after injuries to Paul Delport and Seabelo Senatla, showed no signs of rustiness and got stuck in from the word go.
It was his telling defence that won the turnover that allowed Jamba Ulengo to sprint through and score in the second half.
But Afrika will be more remembered in this match for the excellent cover tackle he pulled off to stop Australia winning the game in the dying seconds, ensuring a positive start to the tournament.
The Blitzbokke are looking to create history by winning three consecutive tournaments after their victories in Tokyo and Glasgow, and become the first South African team to win four tournaments in a season.