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

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Pool 0
Team P W D L Pts
Spain Sevens 0 0 0 0 20
Korea Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool 00
Team P W D L Pts
Chile 0 0 0 1 10
Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 0 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
Scotland Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Canada Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 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
United States Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 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
Pool
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Wales Sevens
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