Cape Town - A
packed Cape Town Stadium and a sell-out crowd do give them extra legs
and the Blitzboks are determined to reward the South African faithful
with a commanding
performance at the forthcoming HSBC Cape Town Sevens this weekend.
to the Springbok Sevens captain Philip Snyman, the team loves playing
at home, but as they saw last year, it does not guarantee tournament
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48-tournament veteran joined the other 15 team captains on the roof of
the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday for a rather unique
captains' photograph and admitted
afterwards that the nerves were starting to tingle.
"When we entered the stadium I felt some nervous energy and remembered our performances from last year," said Snyman.
won five matches in a row thanks to some fantastic crowd support and
then lost the final, the one that mattered, to England.
was much to the disappointment not only of ourselves, but the huge
crowd as well. Although we are not looking back, those memories will
make us more
determined to go all the way."
The Blitzboks love playing in front of their supporters, but Snyman believes the pressure will be a positive one.
start every tournament at zero, as we do with this one. We are not
putting any pressure on ourselves, in fact, we will be going out there
to enjoy this
one," said Snyman.
have faith in our structures and we know they work if implemented
correctly. If we can do that this weekend and have a smile on our faces,
it will be a
Play on Saturday kicks off at 12:15.
Pools for Cape Town Sevens:
Pool A: South Africa, Kenya, France, Russia
Pool B: New Zealand, Australia, Spain, USA
Pool C: England, Scotland, Argentina, Uganda
Pool D: Fiji, Samoa, Canada, Wales