Thanks to the 10 hour time difference and two flights later, Dry made it to Dignity Health Sports Park in time to win a crucial lineout in the final play of their match against Ireland, where the Blitzboks drew 19-19 to top Pool B and set the tone for the rest of the weekend.
Jet-lagged or not, come Sunday and Dry delivered again, scoring a try in the final against Fiji with seconds left on the clock after stealing a crucial lineout from Fiji that started the try-scoring move.
Fair to say, that when the team departed for Vancouver and the HSBC Canada Sevens the next day, Dry was enjoying a well-earned nap during the flight.
A good night's sleep later and the 32-year-old was ready to go again. And he is adamant that this week's training sessions need to be as sharp as they have been prior to his arrival, before the South Africans take on Japan, Argentina and England at BC Place in Vancouver on Saturday.
“There were certain elements in our game that we need to work on this week – we are always striving for the 1% improvements, and we were far from perfect in Los Angeles, despite the great result in the end,” Dry insisted.
The most-capped forward in Blitzbok history will play in his 74th tournament this weekend and says that every opportunity to play is savored and enjoyed. He can be called any time to join the team and will be ready, he smiled.
“It is such a great honour to play with these guys and it is never nice to be 'rested' like I was originally as you want to be out there with the guys,” said Dry.
“We were working pretty hard back in Stellenbosch with the SA Rugby Sevens Academy guys, so when the call came, I was ready and eager to go. As I will be this weekend.”