South Africa's Seabelo Senatla played his final tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17 in Sydney before heading off to Super Rugby, and he certainly left a lasting impression.
The 23-year-old, who recently became the all-time top try scorer for the Blitzboks, was named the HSBC Player of the Final after scoring a try for himself as well as setting up team-mate Stephan Dippenaar. Senatla also finished as the tournament top try-scorer with nine, and leads the series table with 32 ahead of England's Dan Norton on 23.
"It doesn't get better than sevens rugby, I love the atmosphere," said Senatla. "I like how guys get together from different teams, it's really a festive feeling on the series and a very close family. It's not like 15s where you stay in one hotel, and the other team stays in another. You are all together and that's amazing. We're friends during the whole week and after the matches at the weekend. We naturally get the best out of each other which makes this a really special sport.
"Today before playing USA I was having a chat with Carlin (Isles) because he felt that nothing was getting together for him. I spoke to him and tried to cheer him up, baring in mind I was about to play against him. It's that type of brotherly feeling that you have with each other. You want to see the other guys do better. That's why I love it."
South Africa have now won three of four tournaments on the 2016-17 series, the best start for a team since New Zealand in 2008 when they won five tournament on the bounce. The Blitzboks top the standings and Senatla's efforts have unquestionably helped them get to that position, as head coach Neil Powell attests.
"Seabelo is a special player and a key player. We will definitely miss him and I hope he goes on to great things in the 15s game. I am glad we can send him off with a double win in Wellington and Sydney," said Powell.
The next round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series will be in Las Vegas on 3-5 March.