The Blitzboks wrapped up the World Rugby Sevens Series title in the penultimate tournament of the season when they beat Scotland in the Paris final this weekend.
Their 15-5 win in the Paris decider gave them their fifth title of the season after they also won in Dubai, Wellington, Sydney and Las Vegas. In addition, they were runners-up in three other tournaments.
The team will be officially crowned champions this weekend when the series concludes with the London Sevens at Twickenham.
South Africa will face Kenya, Wales and USA in pool A in London.
After beating Samoa in the quarterfinals, the Blitzboks had actually done enough to be crowned the overall series winners but captain Philip Snyman said they did not know that until after their semifinal.
“We actually did not know that England lost their semifinal match against Scotland as we were warming up for our own semi against New Zealand,” he said.
“We knew that we would be series champions if we beat New Zealand, so went out with all guns blazing to win that one, which we did,” he said. “We were champions already and did not even know.”
With the title already in the bag, Snyman said their mindset would be no different going into the final round.
“We set out to win as many tournaments as we can, so nothing has changed now that we have won the series.
“The Blitzboks will still go out there and give everything they have to win in London. We are not letting our standards down.”
Coach Neil Powell echoed Snyman’s sentiments and said they hoped to carry their high standards forward into next week.
“We are not finished though, we want to finish the series strongly next week in London and keep chasing that perfect game,” he said.