Blitzbokke aim for Golden start

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:09
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The Biltzbokke are determined to secure a good kick-off to the new Sevens World Series at the Gold Coast Sevens this weekend.

The Springbok Sevens get their new Sevens World Series season underway on Saturday morning (SA time) when they run out against Canada in their first Pool A match at the Gold Coast Sevens at Skilled Park.

The Blitzbokke, who will be aiming for a vastly improved performance this season, will meet the United States in the second match before their big clash of the day against current series champions New Zealand.

Brisbane’s Gold Coast will host round one of the nine-tournament World Series extravaganza.

Relishing the challenge at Skilled Park, Blitzbok captain Kyle Brown said his team is determined to secure a good kick-off to the new World Series.

“All the guys are very excited to get on the field, it’s been a great pre-season and build-up and we’re looking forward to it!

“The team is quite a settled one with the inclusion of only two new caps, Reuben Johannes and Ruwellyn Isbell. I always feel that if we play up to our potential and play the rugby we know we can play then we definitely have a realistic chance at the Gold Coast.”

The straight-talking Brown admitted his team struggled last season with their defence, but promised a better showing over the weekend.

“We did struggle a fair bit in defence last year. The defensive structure in Sevens is built around understanding each other and making your first time hits.

“Over the last couple weeks we’ve got to understand each other better, and as for first time hits, that comes down to the individuals making that decision to put his body on the line,” explained Brown.

In terms of the team’s overall approach this season, the Springbok Sevens skipper added:  “We’re a team with unique strengths and we’ve got some tough boys too. The Series will be won by the team that plays the most consistently good rugby, and that’s something we always strive towards.”

Blitzbok fixtures on Saturday:
SA v Canada
SA v United States
SA v New Zealand

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 09 October 2015
Western Province v EP Kings 16h00 Newlands
Pumas v Blue Bulls 16h00 Mbombela Stadium
New Zealand v Tonga 19h00 Newcastle
Sat, 10 October 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 12h00 Bloemfontein
Samoa v Scotland 13h30 Newcastle
Golden Lions v Griquas 14h00 Ellis Park
Australia v Wales 15h45 London
England v Uruguay 19h00 Manchester
Sun, 11 October 2015
Argentina v Namibia 11h00 Leicester
Italy v Romania 13h30 Exeter
France v Ireland 15h45 Cardiff
United States v Japan 19h00 Gloucester
Wed, 07 October 2015
Namibia v Georgia 16 | 17
South Africa v United States 64 | 0
Tue, 06 October 2015
Fiji v Uruguay 47 | 15
Canada v Romania 15 | 17
Sun, 04 October 2015
Ireland v Italy 16 | 9
Argentina v Tonga 45 | 16
Zebre v Scarlets 8 | 20
Sat, 03 October 2015
England v Australia 13 | 33
Connacht v Cardiff Blues 36 | 31
South Africa v Scotland 34 | 16
Samoa v Japan 5 | 26
Leinster v Dragons 37 | 13
Griquas v Sharks 20 | 45
Pumas v Free State Cheetahs 37 | 37
Fri, 02 October 2015
New Zealand v Georgia 43 | 10
Team P W D L Pts
Argentina Sevens 9 0 0 0 92
Wales Sevens 9 0 0 0 91
France Sevens 9 0 0 0 73
Scotland Sevens 9 0 0 0 48
United States Sevens 9 0 0 0 41
Kenya Sevens 9 0 0 0 40
New Zealand Sevens 9 3 0 0 167
Fiji Sevens 9 3 0 0 161
England Sevens 9 1 0 0 135
Samoa Sevens 9 1 0 0 133
South Africa Sevens 9 0 0 0 125
Australia Sevens 9 0 0 0 112
Canada Sevens 9 0 0 0 33
Spain Sevens 9 0 0 0 19
Portugal Sevens 9 0 0 0 18