Kok relishes Sevens return

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 17:39
Large werner kok western province 800

NEWS: Following a productive outing in the Currie Cup for Western Province, current World Sevens Player of the Year, Werner Kok, is looking forward to returning to the format he dearly missed.

Kok's stint with the losing semifinalists was exactly what he needed to improve his confidence.

"The XVs were important for me from a confidence point of view. It has a more physical approach and I needed that. With Sevens, it is more about fitness and speed, two elements of the game I enjoy, so to change back is easy for me.

"It is great to be back in the system again. I missed it dearly. It is just so amazing to be part of this squad," Kok said.

The South African squad is packed with experience and although they have played together many times, Kok stresses the importance of getting real match situations into the legs and minds.

"It is crucial to play a couple of serious matches to get the combinations right and to enter the opening two legs of the season with good momentum.

"We need to find each other and connect as a team again in a competitive environment, and tournaments like these are great to get that going. We are looking to this tournament to achieve exactly that," he added.

The South African Sevens squad is currently in Namibia where they are preparing to participate in their first tournament of the new season as they prepare for the opening legs of the World Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town.

They open their tournament against Germany on Saturday before taking on an All Stars team, Namibia and Kenya followed by the knockout phase of the competition.

This tournament will serve Kok well as he looks to return as an integral part of the Blitzboks' World Series campaign after missing nine of the 10 tournaments in the 2015/16 season due to knee surgery after the Series opener in Dubai.

There are currently no matches being played
Sun, 18 March 2018
Waratahs v Rebels 05h05 Sydney
Fri, 23 March 2018
Connacht v Edinburgh 22h00 Sportsground
Munster v Scarlets 22h00 Thomond Park
Dragons v Cheetahs 22h00 Rodney Parade
Ospreys v Leinster 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 22h00 Cardiff Arms Park
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 22h00 Scotstoun
Kings v Treviso 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Jaguares v Lions 21h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sat, 17 March 2018
Jaguares v Reds 7 | 18
Wales v France 14 | 13
Lions v Sunwolves 40 | 38
England v Ireland 15 | 24
Stormers v Blues 37 | 20
Italy v Scotland 27 | 29
Brumbies v Sharks 24 | 17
Highlanders v Crusaders 25 | 17
Fri, 16 March 2018
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 31 | 25
Edinburgh v Munster 12 | 6
Chiefs v Bulls 41 | 28
Sun, 11 March 2018
Wales v Italy 38 | 14
Sat, 10 March 2018
Jaguares v Waratahs 38 | 28
France v England 22 | 16
Lions v Blues 35 | 38
Pool 0
Team P W D L Pts
Spain Sevens 0 0 0 0 20
Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 0 1
Pool 00
Team P W D L Pts
Uruguay 0 0 0 1 1
Pool 19
Team P W D L Pts
England Sevens 0 0 0 0 19
Pool 20
Team P W D L Pts
Uganda Sevens 0 0 0 0 2
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Fiji Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Canada Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Australia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
France Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
Argentina Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
United States Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Russia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Team P W D L Pts
Wales Sevens