Senatla closes in on record

Seabelo Senatla needs only eight tries to break the Blitzboks' all-time record.

Senatla will play in two more sevens tournaments – in Wellington this coming weekend and in Sydney a week later – before linking up with the Stormers to focus on the Super Rugby competition. There's a good chance he will add to his tally of 172 tries and surpass sevens legend Fabian Juries, who holds the record of 179.

'The record is in the back of my mind, but I am not stressing about it,' Senatla said.

'We need to go out and do the work first and if the tries come, they will come. If they don't, so be it, I am not going to chase the record and not do my job in the team first.'

Senatla scored his first ever try in Wellington on debut in 2013 and would love to break the record at the same venue.

'My job then was to score tries and that is still my job in the team this time around, so I am hoping all goes well for me,' he said.

Meanwhile, former World Rugby Sevens Player, Werner Kok, is also achieving a special milestone in Wellington, where he will be playing in his 100th match for the side. Kok debuted in 2013 and has played in 21 tournaments to date, but missed the Wellington event last year due to injury.

'I was not even aware of the fact that I will be playing in my 100th match, but that will not change my approach,' said Kok.

'Every match, pulling that jersey over your head, is special. I can remember the first time and I will remember the 100th one as well. We are a band of brothers and playing with these guys make every match so special. It is an important weekend for us. We have not won here in more than ten years, so we have all to play for.'

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