Their 31-7 quarter-final win over England – they scored at one point when they
were down to six men – set them up for success. It’s actually surprisingly
warm in Port Elizabeth, and I think some of the other sides have been
feeling that heat, which has been near 25ºC.
It was incredible to see them defeat reigning series champions New Zealand
26-17 in the final on Sunday evening.
At this rate I would say they are red-hot favourites for the gold medal in the
2016 Olympics, when the sport makes its Games debut in Rio de Janeiro. What
a ticket that would be for a player.
Record breaker: Afrika is the top-scoring South African sevens player
I began my international career playing sevens for South Africa before moving
across to XVs in 1993, and then I was lucky enough to feature in the famous
1995 World Cup win. Of course I would not change that for anything, but were
I starting out now – with a gold medal at stake – I would seriously consider
playing sevens alone.
I know that Bryan Habana is having top-level discussions with South African
rugby folk about moving across to sevens in time for the Olympics – the
governing body is very keen to look in to putting out the strongest team
possible. It sounds as though Bryan is seriously thinking about making the
switch, and I’m sure if that happens other XVs players will come and support
There is a real possibility that Bryan could play in the Olympics – I know he
as been invited a few times to meet up with the sevens boys, to get used to
I still may have the chance to feature at the Olympics, and I’d be open minded
about any coaching opportunities. If I don’t get any calls, I’ll be happy
watching the Blitzbokke – and perhaps Bryan – hopefully on their road to