Preview: Las Vegas Sevens

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:46

WORLD SERIES ROUND FIVE: The big question leading into the Las Vegas Sevens is whether or not anybody can stop the momentum and consistency of the Blitzboks, especially now that they are without prolific try scorer Seabelo Senatla.

There will be some motivation for the South African Sevens outfit though as Branco du Preez is keen to taste success again in the Sam Boyd Stadium when he runs out in his 50th tournament.

However, this landmark will only be special if they manage to clinch another title, Du Preez said. He was part of all three Blitzboks squads that have won titles in Las Vegas since the USA leg of the World Series moved there in 2010.
"I have tasted success here and it's a good feeling. In a way, it is nice to play my 50th tournament here, because Las Vegas has been good to me in the past," he said.
Du Preez paid tribute to all those who helped him along the way to become only the fourth South African player to play 50 tournaments, following in the footsteps of Frankie Horne (68), Kyle Brown (57) and Chris Dry (56).
"I am sure there were a couple of people who did not expect me to get to this mark, but here I am. This was due to hard work, but first and foremost it was because of my parents, who always had my back.
"Then all my coaches through the years and now, my Blitzboks brothers. It is a massive honour. The best way to celebrate this will be for us to do well in this tournament. I also want to thank all the fans of our team and everybody in South Africa who supports us. We will be playing for you as well this weekend," he added.

Pool A: South Africa, Wales, France, Canada
Pool B: England, USA, Samoa, Chile
Pool C: New Zealand, Argentina, Russia, Kenya
Pool D: Australia, Fiji, Japan, Scotland
(Kick-off is local - GMT minus eight hours)

Friday, March 3

Fiji v Japan - 16.09
Australia v Scotland - 16.31
Argentina v Russia - 16.53
New Zealand v Kenya - 17.15
United States v Samoa - 17.37
England v Chile - 17.59
Wales v France - 18.21
South Africa v Canada - 18.43
 Fiji v Scotland - 19.08
Australia v Japan - 19.30
Argentina v Kenya - 19.52
New Zealand v Russia - 20.14
United States v Chile - 20.36
England v Samoa - 20.58
Wales v Canada - 21.20
South Africa v France - 21.42

Saturday, March 4

Japan v Scotland - 13.28
Australia v Fiji - 13.50
Russia v Kenya - 14.12
New Zealand v Argentina - 14.36
Samoa v Chile - 14.58
England v Unites States - 15.24
France v Canada - 15.46
South Africa v Wales - 16.08
Challenge Trophy playoff - 18.48
Challenge Trophy playoff - 19.10
Challenge Trophy playoff - 19.32
Challenge Trophy playoff - 19.54
Cup Quarterfinal - 20.16
Cup Quarterfinal - 20.38
Cup Quarterfinal - 21.00
Cup Quarterfinal - 21.22

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 23 February 2018
Highlanders v Blues 06h35 Dunedin
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Dragons v Edinburgh 19h30 Rodney Parade
Leinster v Kings 19h35 RDS
Scarlets v Ulster 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
France v Italy 20h00 Paris
Sat, 24 February 2018
Sunwolves v Brumbies 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Chiefs 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Stormers 08h45 Allianz Park
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Bath v Sale Sharks 12h30 Recreation Ground
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Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Ireland v Wales 14h15 Aviva Stadium
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Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 15h00 Twickenham Stoop
Bulls v Hurricanes 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
Ospreys v Cheetahs 17h30 Liberty Stadium
Sun, 25 February 2018
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Pool 0
Team P W D L Pts
Spain Sevens 0 0 0 0 20
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
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