HSBC Canada Sevens in Edmonton
Muller du Plessis was named Player of the Final.

World Rugby Sevens has on Tuesday named four South Africans in its Dream Team for the Canada Sevens in Edmonton. This comes after the Blitzboks’ World Series glory in Canada.

The South Africans, who make up over half the dream team, are: JC Pretorius, Selvyn Davids, Siviwe Soyizwapi and Muller du Plessis. World Rugby Sevens said: “A team full of pace, power and skill!”

The Blitzboks, who last weekend claimed the opening tournament of the shortened World Series in Vancouver, outplayed Great Britain in the final, winning 24-12 to secure an unbeaten streak in Canada, winning all 12 of their matches in the two Canadian cities.

The Springbok Sevens won a fourth HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series when they completed the North American double by winning the second of two HSBC Canada Sevens tournaments, in Edmonton on Sunday.

The South Africans earlier beat Kenya 33-7 in the semi-final and outplayed Hong Kong 46-0 in their first match of the second day in Commonwealth Stadium, the quarter-finals of the event.

The team showed their trademark defensive capabilities, but also delivered a clinical performance on attack, with both wing Siviwe Soyizwapi and centre Muller du Plessis scoring almost at will.

Soyizwapi scored six tries on Sunday and 10 overall, and reached the milestone of 100 career tries in the World Series, while Du Plessis finished with 11 tries in the tournament, topping the event’s try-scoring chart.

The World Series title was won even before the final against Great Britain, as the victory over Kenya meant that the Blitzboks could not be overhauled on the log, but the combined side of English, Scottish and Welsh players did not make it any easier for the Blitzboks.

Captains Photo from HSBC Canada Sevens in Edmonton, AB. (Photo: P Yates / World Rugby)
HSBC Canada Sevens in Edmonton
Siviwe Soyizwapi scored two tries against Kenya.

Scoring summary

South Africa 46 (27), Hong Kong 0 (0)

South Africa – Tries: Muller du Plessis, Siviwe Soyizwapi (2), Ronald Brown, JC Pretorius, Christie Grobbelaar, James Murphy, Darren Adonis. Conversions: Shaun Williams, Ronald Brown (2).

South Africa 33 (19), Kenya 7 (7)

South Africa – Tries: Muller du Plessis (2), Siviwe Soyizwapi (2), Ronald Brown. Conversions: Brown (4).

Kenya – Try: Jeff Oluoch.

South Africa 24 (17), Great Britain 12 (7)

South Africa – Tries: Muller du Plessis (2), Siviwe Soyizwapi (2). Conversions: Ronald Brown (2).

GB – Tries: Tom Bowen, Robbie Fergusson. Conversion: Luke Treharne.