BlitzBoks need to prove selection

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:37
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NEWS: Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell stated that the squad need to prove match temperament during the sevens warm-up tournament in Namibia on Saturday.

The coach traveled with a 14-man squad to this town on the Atlantic coastline, but lost Carel du Preez due to a hamstring strain during training on Thursday. The forward is also likely to miss a warm-up event planned for Goodwood in Cape Town next weekend.

"It is a pity for Carel [du Preez] as I wanted to give all the guys a proper run, so he is going to miss out now," said Powell.

"I told the players they must show me why I need to pick them for the opening two legs of the series, in Dubai and Cape Town.

"I was hoping to play with two different teams, but with Carel out, will change my plans slightly. We want to get the guys switched on again and to make sure they find their rhythm and feet as soon as possible. We will get some tough opposition here and that will be a good test for us.

"Hopefully this will point to any weaknesses, if any in our structures and to the areas we still need to work on in the next two weeks at home. The players are keen and ready to get the season underway," confirmed Powell.
The Blitzboks will open their 2016/17 World Rugby Sevens Series season with this warm-up tournament, where they will face, amongst others, the national teams of Germany, Namibia and Kenya.
"We want to get the show on the road now," Powell said.
"This will be an important tournament, as you need proper match fitness for the season-opener in Dubai. Hopefully, this tournament will see our structures tested and pushed to the limit,"

The BlitzBoks’ opening fixture on Saturday is at 12.00 (10.00 GMT) against Germany, followed by clashes against the SA All Stars at 13.20 (11.20 GMT) and Namibia at 16.00 (14.00 GMT).

The final pool match will be played against Kenya at on Sunday, with the knock-out competition on the second day.

The national teams from Botswana and Namibia, as well as the Namibian Academy team, will also be in action, as will Living Legends and Eye of the Tiger (both from South Africa).

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