Cape Town - Sevens World Series leaders South Africa head to
New Zealand on Friday aiming for a hat-trick of tournament titles after wins in
Dubai and Port Elizabeth last December.
Blitzbokke coach Neil Powell made two changes to his winning
squad, adding Chris Dry in place of Ruhan Nel and Justin Geduld in place of the
unavailable Cheslin Kolbe, who has returned to the Stormers for their Super
The next two rounds of the popular World Series will be held
on February 6 and 7 in Wellington, New Zealand, while Las Vegas will again host
the United States event from February 13 to 15.
The South Africans are currently on top of the World Series
standings with 59 points after three rounds - eight points more than the
second-placed Fiji. The World Series consists of nine rounds, and apart from
the championship honours on offer, the top four teams on the log at the end of
the season will also qualify automatically for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Speaking at a media briefing on the eve of their departure,
Springbok Sevens captain Kyle Brown emphasised the need for an improvement at
the next two tournaments.
Brown cautioned his team to keep their focus firm and not be
distracted by their recent back-to-back wins.
The Springbok Sevens skipper said: “It is important for us
to keep up the momentum and to keep in that stride. The World Series is a
demanding competition and requires full concentration and commitment in every
single match that you play.”
Brown added that he and his team will not get carried away
by their current form and said they will have last season’s lessons firmly in
mind. The team found themselves in almost the same position at this time of the
season last year, however, a dip in form thereafter saw them eventually
finished in second place on the overall log.
“It is great to find ourselves in the position we are
currently in, but it will not mean that we will change our focus or approach.
Looking back to the same period last season, I realise that we find ourselves
in almost the same situation after wins in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas as well
as playing in the Wellington Sevens final.
“To be honest, we have not achieved anything yet. The season
is only about one-third behind us and we have two great tournaments coming up,”
“Wellington is a great tournament and a huge challenge,
while it is always nice to play in Las Vegas, as we have had nice experiences
there in the past few years. Our immediate focus will be to get through day one
in Wellington where we are in a tricky pool alongside France, the USA and
The Springbok Sevens squad to play in Wellington and Las
Chris Dry, Philip Snyman, Frankie Horne, Kwagga Smith,
Werner Kok, Kyle Brown (captain), Branco du Preez, Rayno Benjamin, Warrick
Gelant, Cecil Afrika, Seabelo Senatla, Justin Geduld