Blitzbokke begin series quest

2013-10-07 16:00
Neil Powell (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens rugby squad departed on Monday to Australia where the opening tournament of the HSBC Sevens World Series will take place this coming weekend at the Gold Coast at Skilled Park.

South Africa are seeded first in Pool B and face stiff opposition from a trio of European teams headed by England, France and Spain.

Speaking to the media on Monday newly appointed head coach, Neil Powell, said they are looking forward to get the season underway Down Under.

"We realise that every time a South African team takes the field then the expectation is for us to win.

"It is a huge motivating factor for the team and something we as a group embrace," explained Powell.

The SA Sevens coach added he is happy with the team’s preparations for the annual World Series kick-off at the Gold Coast.

"A few players ended the last season with some injury niggles and they used the break and pre-season period to sort themselves. Playing wise, we used the Middelburg Sevens to try out a few new ideas and I am glad for the valuable opportunities it gave us to gauge ourselves," according to Powell.

The team will be without former coach Paul Treu for the first time in almost a decade, but Powell said not much has changed within the setup, something he hopes his charges would be able to use to their advantage.

The former Springbok Sevens captain and World Series winner added he is fortunate to inherit a good and familiar structure:  "I know a lot of other countries have changed coaching and player personnel but we are fortunate that apart from the change at head coach, we have a settled squad and management. 

"However, we are taking nothing for granted and fully realise we will have to go out there and perform to the best of our ability.

"Vuyo (Zangqa, assistant coach) and I sat down a while ago and decided that that we will do only some minor tweaks because our core structure is so good thanks to the great work done by Paul.

"I am obviously excited about this challenge and looking forward to work with a great set of players and management."

The Springbok Sevens will be aiming to improve on their runners-up spot last season, when they also managed clinched three tournament titles.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Who is your favourite South African rugby commentator - English or Afrikaans?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.