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, 24 March 2017
Crusaders v Force 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Waratahs 08h45 Melbourne
Glasgow Warriors v Connacht 17h15 Scotstoun Stadium
Scarlets v Edinburgh 19h05 Parc y Scarlets
Treviso v Ospreys 19h35 Stadio Monigo
Dragons v Ulster 19h35 Rodney Parade
Sat, 25 March 2017
Blues v Bulls 06h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Highlanders 08h45 Canberra
Sunwolves v Stormers 10h55 Singapore
Kings v Lions 13h05 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Zebre v Munster 14h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 15h00 Twickenham Stoop
Saracens v Bath 15h00 Allianz Park
Leinster v Cardiff Blues 15h00 RDS Arena
Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers 15h00 Franklin's Gardens
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 15h00 Sandy Park
Cheetahs v Sharks 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Ospreys 19h35 Stadio Monigo
Jaguares v Reds 21h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 26 March 2017
Wasps v Worcester Warriors 14h30 Ricoh Arena
Bristol v Gloucester 15h00 Ashton Gate
Mon, 27 March 2017
NWU-Pukke v UP-Tuks 14h45 Potchefstroom
Fort Hare v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Davidson Stadium
Wits v UCT-Ikeys 16h30 Johannesburg
NMMU-Madibaz v CUT-Ixias 16h30 Bloemfontein
UWC v WSU 16h30 Cape Town
Maties v UJ 17h00 Stellenbosch
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
Team P W D L Pts
Wales Sevens