The Wellington Sevens at the weekend proved to be a highlight for South Africa, with the team recording only a second win in 15 years at the venue, having last won there in 2002.
Ruhan Nel, who came on as a replacement and scored twice in the Cup final against Fiji, said his tries were due to teamwork.
His five-pointers, both scored late in the second half, took the result away from the Fijians, who are known for their fighting qualities.
“It is always pretty tense when you come on as a sub as you want to contribute,” said Nel.
“There was four minutes left when I came on and to score two tries was pretty special. I need to thank my team-mates for that though as they were the ones putting me in space and creating the opportunity to score. It was a great feeling.”
The winger pointed to the importance of having good depth in the squad.
“You don’t win tournaments like this with seven players only. We have to operate as a squad and I think we did that well.”
The Wellington tournament was a milestone for wing Seabelo Senatla who broke the team’s overall try-scoring record when he passed Fabian Juries’ mark of 179 in the 26-5 win over Fiji in the final at the Westpac Stadium.
Juries (925 career points) was also overhauled in the all-time scoring stakes by Branco Du Preez (951 points). The sweeper is now second only behind injured team-mate, Cecil Afrika (1 167), but said the win was all that mattered.
“It was good to be out there with the boys,” said Du Preez.
“We stuck to our structures and worked hard, so the rewards were nice. We went into the tournament with a plan, which we executed well.”