Cape Town - Proper time to prepare for the last two legs of World Rugby Sevens Series could prove vital for the final push of the Springbok
Sevens team towards winning the overall 2016/17 series, says Blitzboks coach,
The fact that he could start preparations back in
Stellenbosch with all available players fit and ready helped in getting the
squad ready for the Paris Sevens that kicks off in Stade Jean Bouin on
"This was one of the first preparation camps where we
had all 13 players fit and able to train. I had individual chats with all the
guys and they really are full of motivation and keen to get going," Powell
"These are the last two tournaments of a long series,
so it’s always a challenge to get the guys up for it. But the energy levels are
definitely up and I am confident that the guys will put in the effort."
The coach, who is looking to become the first person to win
the World Rugby Sevens Series as both player and coach, has no illusions
though on how tough the opening day will be in the French capital.
South Africa plays Scotland, Japan and Canada in Pool A of
"Scotland are always a tricky game to play first. They play
a good brand of rugby, mixing up attack and keeping the ball alive very well.
Japan can challenge any team on the day if they pitch up and the last one of
the day against Canada will be a very physical affair. Canada will play nice
and direct and we need to be up to it if we want to get into the Cup
quarterfinals," the coach warned.
South Africa vs Scotland, 11:28
South Africa vs Japan, 14:54
South Africa vs Canada, 18:42