It was a carnival atmosphere in the very first Cape Town Sevens last year, and the Blitzboks were facing fellow Africans Kenya in a pool clash.
The man who makes the Springbok Sevens tick is playmaker Cecil Afrika, who was at the heart of the Dubai Sevens victory at the weekend.
Blitzboks coach Neil Powell has warned his team that they will need to sort out their defence if they hope to win the Dubai Sevens on Saturday.
It was much harder than they would’ve banked on, but the Blitzboks pulled through in the end to remain unbeaten in Pool B by beating USA 19-17 at the Dubai Sevens.
Three second-half tries saved the Springbok Sevens from another loss to Scotland as the South Africans triumphed 21-5 at the Dubai Sevens.
The Springbok Sevens team will be looking for a solid start to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series when the first tournament of the 2016/17 season kicks off in Dubai.
While the focus will be on the Blitzboks at the Dubai Sevens this weekend, there will be another South African side in the Emirates in the shape of the SA Academy side.
Tim Agaba’s enforced absence is a huge blow to the Blitzbokke for the first two World Series tournaments in Dubai and Cape Town.