Sevens

Blitzbokke seek elusive crown

2015-03-25 19:46
Neil Powell (Gallo Images)

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 SA time.

Neil Powell, the Springbok Sevens coach, said his team has made some tactical adjustments for Hong Kong.

"We 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 Commonwealth Games.

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):

Friday:
14:00 vs Argentina
Saturday:
06:18 vs Japan
11:40 vs France
Sunday:
03:30 Start of knockout matches

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