Blitzbokke eager to bounce back

2015-02-11 16:30
Kyle Brown (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Springbok Sevens captain Kyle Brown believes his team can deliver a strong performance at the Las Vegas Sevens tournament next weekend.

The Blitzbokke managed to secure a bronze finish at the Wellington Sevens in New Zealand last weekend, which proved to be an impressive recovery after a stuttering start on day one.

South Africa lost 22-5 in the opening game to France, but did well to beat Japan and USA to qualify for the Cup play-offs. On day two, they beat Kenya 19-5 in the quarter-finals, before losing out to New Zealand (17-7) in the semi-finals.

Third place was enough to see the Blitzbokke hold on to top spot on the overall World Series standings.

Brown stressed that the team will focus on improving in the USA.

"Heading into the final playoff in Wellington, we wanted third place for maximum points and we got that. That was great, especially after our slow start on day one.

"This is something we need to address ahead of the tournament in Las Vegas," Brown told "We were happy with our performance against Scotland. We played a great 14 minutes of rugby. I also think we delivered a great performance against New Zealand.

"The players showed a lot of character and heart during our time in New Zealand. We were in a dark space after day one, but we did well to get out of that hole."

Brown said the players will work on their mental toughness.

"We're a handy team and we know what we can put together as a team," said Brown. "The biggest battle is the mental one. We're a gifted team, and we showed our true potential over the past couple of months. We showed what we're capable of."

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