The Blitzbokke lived up to their nickname and did their South African supporters proud in Dubai on 3 December 2016. The many South African expats and tourists waved, and held their South African flags up high with pride. These dedicated players came into the final as crowd favourites, and as Hugh Bladen would say, did an “UNBELIEVABLE” job in sealing gold at the Emirates Airline Dubai 7’s.
Respect from the crowd!
Supporters from all around the world sat in the stadium and enjoyed the team who were literally on fire. The crowd chanted “BlitzBoks on fire, your defence is terrified”. They were by far the most motivated team of the tournament and it took the giants of Fiji to try and stop them. But as David proved in far distant history, giants can be beaten. They showed some electric running rugby. The crowed were fired up throughout the tournament. The Blitzbokked eventually emerged victorious over Fiji by 26-14 to seal the gold medal.
Once the final whistle blew and the South African Blitzbokke were crowned the champions. This was the first leg of the HSBC 2016-2017 World 7’s Series. The celebrations started in earnest. Fireworks were emitted into the evening skies and the BlitzBokke did a lap of honour around the stadium to thank their loyal supporters.
Once the Blitzbokke had left the stadium, Dubai put on a party like no other. The celebration party went on well into the night!