Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens team are
determined to deliver a much improved performance that will be good
enough to win a first Hong Kong Sevens title in China this weekend.
After several near misses, South
Africa are still searching for that elusive first Cup win at the famous rugby
tournament. However, the Springbok Sevens are fully aware they will have
to lift their game if they want to succeed in Hong Kong.
After two displays in Dubai and
Port Elizabeth, which resulted in two successive World Series tournament wins,
the team admitted they went somewhat off the boil in Wellington and Las Vegas
where they won bronze on both occasions.
South Africa are top seeds in Pool
C and they open their group fixtures on Friday in a tricky match against a much
improved Argentine side.
On Saturday morning they tackle Japan and then France
in their last pools match.
The knockout stages kicks off early Sunday morning
Neil Powell, the Springbok Sevens
coach, said his team has made some tactical adjustments for Hong Kong.
probably overcommitted at the rucks in our two previous tournaments and that
left us with a bit more space to cover.
"All the guys have bought into our
adjustments and we are looking forward to give it a big challenge in Hong
Kong," said Powell, who last year led South Africa to the gold medal at the
He added the team is determined to
capture their first ever Hong Kong Sevens title.
"We cannot ignore the fact
that we have never won here before.
"It is a massive challenge because this is a
tough competition, but the guys are up for it and we will give it our best
shot," vowed Powell.
Springbok Sevens captain Kyle
Brown said he and his team mates are very motivated to do well in Hong Kong.
"We came back refreshed and full of energy after we had some extra time off
following the previous two rounds.
"It was great to see the guys in a good
mental space and training with smiles on their faces.
"Now we must implement our
game strategy, play to our potential and deliver the goods," said Brown.
The World Series standings take on
added importance this season with the top four-ranked sides to qualify directly
for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The Springbok Sevens are currently leading the
standings and another strong performance in the Far East will definitely ease
any qualification pressures.
Springbok Sevens’ Pool fixtures in Hong Kong (SA time):
14:00 vs Argentina
06:18 vs Japan
11:40 vs France
03:30 Start of knockout matches