The Blitzboks celebrate. Photo: Twitter

The Blitzboks celebrate. Photo: Twitter

Blitzboks celebrate ’emotional, historic’ victory in Seville

Blitzboks captain Impi Visser has described the emotion of winning a historic 34th successive match in the World Rugby Sevens Series.

The Blitzboks celebrate. Photo: Twitter

The Blitzboks celebrate. Photo: Twitter

A memorable 33-7 victory over Australia in the final of the Seville tournament on Sunday evening has elevated this Springbok Sevens side into rarefied territory.


Extending their winning streak that started in Vancouver and Edmonton in the 2021 season, the result in Seville has now seen the unstoppable Blitzboks notch up 34 consecutive wins, their best run ever in the World Series.

The victory in Seville did not come easy as the Blitzboks were pushed in pool play, where they had to come from behind against Spain and the USA, and in the knock-out stages, where they were trailing Scotland, before hitting their straps in the Cup semi-final against Ireland and a hard-fought win over Australia in the final.

“It is pretty emotional for us, we had to dig deep,” Impi Visser, who led the Blitzboks in Seville, said afterwards.

“They are a tough team to play against, credit to them. I think our boys just grafted a bit more and in the end, we wanted it a bit more.”

Visser took over the captaincy from Siviwe Soyizwapi, who was injured in Malaga last week, while the team also lost Branco du Preez against Scotland due to injury and had to watch Justin Geduld being stretchered off in the final against Australia.

“This was a win that tested our character and resilience, and it is a feeling of relief and pride to know that we stood firm against some very good teams out there,” added Visser.

“It was never about the winning streak or number of trophies won, it is our system that rewarded our belief and trust.”

Free-running Christie Grobbelaar was named Player of the Final with a brace of tries, and he was all smiles and compliments afterwards.

“This is a team effort, we each have a role to play and when we do our jobs well, the rewards are there for everyone to enjoy,” said Grobbelaar, whose tries on either side of the break in the final put the Blitzboks on the road to victory after a slow start.

“This was a hard-fought tournament. We had some bad patches, but we kept the faith and belief in what we needed to do. These wins are testimony to the hard work we do in Stellenbosch.”

Selected Blitzboks Stats:

The Blitzboks moved 18 points clear on the overall log with the win. They now lead the World Series on 88 points, with Argentina (70), Australia (66) and USA (55) running out of time to catch the South Africans in the remaining tournaments in Singapore, Vancouver, Toulouse, London and Los Angeles.

Leading points’ scorers for SA:

111: Selvyn Davids

94: Ronald Brown

65: Siviwe Soyizwapi

Leading try scorers for SA:

19: Selvyn Davids

13: Siviwe Soyizwapi

8: Ronald Brown, Shaun Williams, JC Pretorius

Most tackles made

52: Zain Davids

41: Christie Grobbelaar, Impi Visser

38: Selvyn Davids, JC Pretorius

Points scored in 2022

618: South Africa

538: Argentina

532: Australia