Rookie Davids to bring own magic

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:32
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Debutant Selvyn Davids is keen to make his mark when he runs out for the BlitzBoks in the Hong Kong leg of the World Sevens Series.

Davids, who replaced injured Rosko Specman from the squad that played in six consecutive finals, will become the third player this year to earn a first start for the South African Sevens team after Zain Davids and Stedman Gans debuted in Wellington and Las Vegas respectively.

The Hong Kong tournament, to be played from April 7-9, is the seventh in the 2016/17 World Rugby Sevens Series.

"I am not going to try and be Rosko," said Selvyn Davids, who, like Specman, also hails from the Eastern Cape.

"I will rather listen to the advice from Rosko himself, who told me I should go and be Selvyn Davids and not someone else. This helped a lot as I am just going to go out there to express myself and contribute to the team effort,"

The 23-year-old Davids played for the Griffons last season, but showed a good aptitude for the shorter version of the game for the SA Rugby Sevens Academy in Dubai in December.

"Sevens was new to me, but I learned a lot from that tournament and since then working with the squad in Stellenbosch," he explained.

"I am pretty excited to use this opportunity, but I’m not looking too far ahead. I would love to get a sevens contract in future, but this weekend it is all about contributing to the team. I want to show what I can do, but not to the detriment of the team. Our culture is that the team comes first, so that is where my focus will be,"

Another player who will make a first appearance for the Blitzboks this year is Tim Agaba, who picked up an ankle injury in a warm-up tournament in November last year and has not yet featured.

In 2016, he played in eight consecutive tournaments and travelled to Rio as part of the South African Olympic team, who won bronze.

"It was frustrating to be on the sideline, but injuries are part of rugby, so it was something I had to accept," said Agaba, a former EP Kings player.

"The team did very well and the guys back home were as proud as those on tour. We always see our performances as a squad effort and this weekend will be nothing different. We try not to make one tournament bigger than the next, so despite the hype of Hong Kong, we are coming into the tournament calm and focussing on our first game.

"We have some definite goals we want to achieve here in Hong Kong and we are hoping to give good account of ourselves,"

The Springbok Sevens are in Pool B and will face France on Friday and Kenya and Canada on Saturday.

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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
SEVENS
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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
Team P W D L Pts
Wales Sevens
Hong Kong