Family, friends and supporters have expressed pride as they welcomed the Blitzbokke home at Cape Town International Airport.
The team arrived as champions after beating England over the weekend in the final tournament of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Paris, France.
Their 24- 14 victory saw them retain their Sevens crown. Supporters say they deserve a hero’s welcome for their outstanding performance.
“Almost seem impossible but we never give up until the last game anything can happen in Sevens. They are the best team. They deserve it. They deserve a good welcome home. Sometimes I just want to jump into the Tv and push them across the line but ts so exciting I am so glad to be here. I am considered the Blitzbokke’s number one supporter. You would’ve seen me last year you would’ve seen me here this year and next year we they will bring it home again i will be here again,” says a fan.
Blitzbokke coach, Neil Powell, who was awarded coach of the series, says it was not an easy feat with several injuries. He however says it was important not to lose confidence.
“It’s still unreal I think it’s obviously been a tough two weeks and we had few challengers in the week especially this last one leading up to the Paris tournament we lost two of play makers Branco and Cecil and then also lost Stedman on the Thursday before we started the tournament. So going into that last one with seven point behind Fiji I honestly didn’t think it would be humanly possible to win the world series and I think I want to give credit to the players for keeping their focus after a painful quarter final we didn’t perform well.”
Star player and speedster Seabelo Senatla, who only played a few games but was a leading point scorer, says the team came together at the most critical times and remained focused
The team will take a short a break before returning to practice in preparation for the World Cup in San Francisco in the United States next month.