The Blitzboks’ captaincy baton was passed with the greatest of ease as they thrashed Uganda 46-0 in their first pool game of the Dubai Sevens tournament.
Kyle Brown, who relinquished his leadership role at the end of this year’s Olympics, clearly enjoyed his newfound freedom as senior player by being instrumental in the first half.
His silky break from the first kick-off laid the groundwork for Werner Kok, returning after a long injury layoff, to round off a sweeping move, before executing a perfect cross-kick for Phillip Snyman, the man who has taken over his captaincy duties.
Snyman’s power and neat side-stepping ability also led to a second visit over the whitewash as Uganda has no answer to a sustained assault.
The wheels came off badly after the interval for the East Africans as the Blitzboks scored an additional five tries.
Seabelo Senatla, crowned World Rugby’s Sevens Player of the Year for 2016 about a fortnight ago, crowned his accolade with a brace, while Kwagga Smith was a menace at the breakdowns after coming on as a substitute.
South Africa’s next game is against Scotland at 11:06.
Point-scorers: Blitzboks (19) – Tries: Phillip Snyman (2), Seabelo Senatla (2), Werner Kok, Rosco Speckman, Ruhan Nel, Kwagga Smith. Conversions: Cecil Afrika (2), Justin Geduld.