Powell sticks to winning formula

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:17
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SYDNEY SEVENS TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: After their success at  Wellington Sevens last week, Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell sticks with the tried and tested as he named an unchanged side to contest the Sydney Sevens this week.

Powell knows his players have the physical attributes to contest the Sydney Sevens, but believes the key to success will be in their mental approach to the tournament.

South Africa enter the fourth instalment of the World Rugby Sevens Series with two tournament wins and lead the pack on the series log, but Powell made sure the team started afresh when they arrived in Sydney this week.

"We used the early part of the week to get the guys back to zero and back to basics following our good showing in Wellington last week," said Powell.

"The second part of the week was used to bring back the smiles and energy. The guys need to start thinking about this tournament now and how they are going to enjoy it.

"We have set a high bar for ourselves as a team and we know we are not ticking all the boxes yet, so there will be no slacking off. We need to keep on improving if we want to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves,"

Powell believes their opponents will generally be better prepared this weekend. The BlitzBoks face Japan, Kenya and England in Pool A of the tournament, to be played at the Allianz Stadium.

"All teams benefit from spending time together and especially Japan and Kenya will be better this week," Powell believes.

"England will also be fresh and will benefit from the fact that they only played five matches in Wellington after being knocked out early in the tournament. So overall it will be a tougher ask than last week,"

Although they have reached all three finals thus far in the 2016/17 series, the BlitzBoks’ aim at this stage is to ensure they reach the Cup quarterfinals.

"Yes, we want to be consistent and if we keep our momentum from last weekend, we should be competitive. We need to get through Day One first and that match against Japan will be our main focus," said Powell.

South Africa: Chris Dry, Philip Snyman (captain), Dylan Sage, Albertus Smith, Werner Kok, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Branco du Preez, Rosko Speckman, Justin Geduld, Zain Davids. Seabelo Senatla, Ruhan Nel

Reserve player: Stephan Dippenaar

England vs Ireland
sast: 16h45 | local: 14h45

  • 0 | 0
Stormers vs Blues
sast: 15h05 | local: 15h05

  • 34 | 20
Sat, 17 March 2018
Italy v Scotland 12h30 Rome
Lions v Sunwolves 15h15 Johannesburg
Wales v France 17h00 Cardiff
Jaguares v Reds 21h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 18 March 2018
Waratahs v Rebels 05h05 Sydney
Fri, 23 March 2018
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 22h00 Scotstoun
Kings v Treviso 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
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
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
Sat, 17 March 2018
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
Ireland v Scotland 28 | 8
Sharks v Sunwolves 50 | 22
Reds v Bulls 20 | 14
Hurricanes v Crusaders 29 | 19
Fri, 09 March 2018
Scarlets v Leinster 10 | 10
Rebels v Brumbies 33 | 10
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