The Blitzboks aim is of course to win the penultimate tournament of the World Rugby Sevens Series that kicks off at Twickenham on Saturday, or as a lesser prize to ensure qualification for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
With Western Province threatening to disappear over the horizon in the South Section, at least four teams will be keen to make decisive moves in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge this weekend.
The race is now truly on! With 12 sides within nine points of one another on the Super Rugby log standings, plus of course the Crusaders and the Hurricane who are well ahead, 14 of the 15 sides in the competition can still make if to the play-offs.
It is ironic that the two halfbacks in the Premiership Dream Team are not (yet?) being recognised by their national coaches.
In a World Cup year Super Rugby teams are seldom at full strength – even more so than in other seasons when injuries take their usual toll.