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Now the Blitzboks have risen to the summit of the HSBC World Sevens Series‚ a new goal will be to stay there, because next season presents huge challenges. The Sevens World Cup will take place in San Francisco in 2018 in a season that includes the Commonwealth Games in Australia‚ where SA are the reigning champions. After such a dominant season‚ the Blitzboks have set a high standard that all teams will be chasing. Neil Powell’s side have set a new bar with unprecedented consistency‚ coupled with ruthlessness in 2016-17. Over the past five years — since the appeal of Sevens has grown with its introduction as an Olympic sport — no side has been as consistent. The Blitzboks claimed five of the 10 titles this season and also made eight finals. They won 82% of their matches – 49 out of 60 with 10 defeats and a draw – and collected 192 log points. Nearest challengers England lost 14 of their 58 matches with two draws for a 72% winning ratio. Olympic champions Fiji lost 16 of their 58 mat...

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