Cape Town - The Blitzboks enjoy
bringing smiles to the faces of their supporters, but they also enjoy getting
the job done with a smile - and that is exactly what Justin Geduld will be
aiming to do when the Cape Town Sevens tournament kicks off on Saturday.
The Springbok Sevens playmaker
made a successful return to the World Rugby Sevens Series lin Dubai last
weekend after a long recovery from a foot injury he sustained in Las Vegas
early in March.
As a result, he missed the last
five tournaments of the 2016/17 series, which the Blitzboks won.
Geduld, who was raised in Ravensmead
in Cape Town and attended Tygerberg High School, is very happy to be back on
the field, and can’t wait to run out in front of the home fans and family.
“It was great to be back on the
field in Dubai and this weekend will even be better,” Geduld said after the
Blitzboks concluded their preparations for the Cape Town Sevens, the second of
ten tournaments in the World Rugby Sevens Series.
“I played in a warm-up tournament
in October, but the world series is what really matters, as it is where you are
tested against the best players in the world.”
Geduld is equally at home as a
starter or making an impact off the bench: “We have strong competition within
the squad and that is nice, but the bottom line is that we all need to
contribute, whether you play two or 12 minutes. So you always have the
motivation to do your best for the team.”
Training sessions at their
Stellenbosch base are notoriously tough, with all squad members identifying
Werner Kok as the hardest guy to contend with during training. That relentless
attitude at training has also became a trademark of the blonde winger's mindset
during matches and Kok, World Rugby's Sevens Player of the Year in 2015, is not
Kok has been in action for Western
Province as they secured the Currie Cup in the last couple of months, and the
24-year-old said that playing fifteens has improved his game.
“Fifteens no doubt forced me to
be more physical and to be dominant in the tackle situation, which helps on
defence as you force the opposition into slower ball on attack,” Kok explained.
"We aim to be physical at
the breakdowns. We are not the biggest team on circuit, so need to make sure we
execute in that area.”
Kok feels the team owe themselves
and the country a big Christmas present this weekend: “After we lost in the
final last year, we want to go one better. Not only for ourselves, but for the
The tournament kicks off at 10:15 on Saturday, with Samoa
and Canada playing in the opening game. South Africa will face Russia at 12:49,
France at 16:10 and Kenya at 19:56.