Champion Blitzboks not going to let up at Twickenham

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The newly-crowned World Rugby Sevens Series champions South Africa are not going to take their foot off the pedal at the London Sevens - the last tournament on the Sevens circuit.

The Blizboks clinched their second series title when they won the Paris leg by beating a plucky Scotland team in the final. But South Africa have got other incentives to win the tournament, as a win in London would a record sixth tournament win of the campaign. This will also be the last time this tightknit group will play together this season, and they want to end the season off like they started it.

"We have been training since September last year and have been in each other's company since then, so we have established a wonderful bond," said star playmaker Rosko Specman.

"We really are a band of brothers. This tournament will be the last for this group to play together and we want to make it special."

"The pressure to win the series is gone, but we are still under pressure from ourselves to deliver a performance to be proud out. I think though, we will also be out to celebrate our successes this year by expressing ourselves and play with joy."

The Blitzboks were still in the running for the series title when the Twickenham tournament came around. Fiji, however, gained enough points to defend their title, and the Blitzboks then threw away the tournament when they blew a healthy lead in the last few minutes against the Scots.

"That was very disappointing yes, we felt terrible. But that was also the start of us making finals, and we learned from that experience. So although we lost that one, we learned valuable lessons that helped us winning five finals out of eight since," Specman said.

Specman has been one of the standout players for the Blitzboks, especially when he has come off the bench in tight matches. He has also played various roles in the team, slotting in as one of the playmakers or out wide because of his blistering pace.

"Those accolades are great, but it remains a team effort. I will still want to go out and make the tournament's Dream Team, but my responsibilities within our structures will come first," said Specman, who scored 17 tries this season, including a spectacular effort in the semi-final of the Paris Sevens against New Zealand.