South Africa's Seabelo Senatla may have played in his penultimate tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17 but the Blitzboks flyer looks set to leave a lasting impression after a stunning weekend of performances in Wellington.
The 23-year-old was the top try scorer with eight and broke the all-time record for a South African player, touching down for his 180th try in their final win against Fiji, eclipsing the previous total held by Fabian Juries.
DHL Impact Player for Wellington
Senatla was awarded the DHL Impact Player for Wellington following his performances. While not in the top running order throughout most of the weekend, it was his semi-final and final performances which gave him the accolade narrowly ahead of Japan's Pouli Teaupa.
The Blitzboks star, who sits on 23 tries for the series after three rounds, clocked up some big stats across the two days of action.
Ironically, tackling was Senatla's highest stat on 19, unusual for a player renowned for his finishing prowess. Eleven breaks, 16 carries and four offloads gave him a total of 50 points and puts him third overall in the series tracker with 121 points. Dan Norton (127 points) and Kenya's Billy Odhiambo (134 points) are both ahead of the South African in the total standings.
HSBC Player of the Final
Senatla's most prominent performance came in the final of Wellington, where South Africa scooped their second tournament win of the series after beating Fiji 26-5 and helped solidify their position at the top of the standings where they lead the Fijians by 12 points.
In the final, Senatla proved to be solid in defence and lethal in attack, scoring his 180th try after linking up with captain Philip Snyman in the first half. Senatla will feature at the HSBC Sydney Sevens, his final tournament of the series before heading to Super Rugby,
"To win in Wellington is a great honour. We worked hard as a unit and we're really happy with the win," he said. "It was great to be able to score in the final and break the record, but none of my tries come without hard work from my team around me. I am excited for Sydney and hopefully can get a few more tries to my tally."