Hard graft doesn't go unmissed on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. In Dubai, South Africa's Chris Dry put in a huge shift against Fiji and earned himself the HSBC Player of the Final award.

In what was the Blitzboks' first tournament win since the HSBC Cape Town Sevens last December, Dry was a key part of a side that looked determined not to finish as series runner-up for a fifth consecutive year. It was a big statement of intent from South Africa as they head into their home round this coming weekend.

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At the heart of their 26-14 winning performance against the Pacific islanders was the 28-year-old from Cape Town. Renowned for his power and physicality at the breakdown, Dry broke his own mould in the final with a stunning try to secure his side victory in Dubai. In South Africa's six matches in Dubai, he made 23 tackles, the most of any player.

"I'm so privileged to be part of the team," said Dry. "We're a family and we work hard for each other. As a team we work hard and we have a huge belief in the system.

"I don't think any game changes for us, whenever we play it's going to be a tough match, especially now the series is at such a high standard. Everyone contributed in Dubai, it was a real team effort."

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South Africa will play Australia, United States and Russia in Pool A in Cape Town.