Preview: Singapore Sevens

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:24

WORLD SERIES ROUND EIGHT: South Africa realise the importance of a strong start in the Singapore leg of the Sevens World Series.

The Singapore tournament takes place in the largest domes stadium in the world, the National Stadium in Singapore, in Saturday and Sunday.

BlitzBiks coach Neil Powell is keen for his side to build up winning momentum again.
The Springbok Sevens team won five of six matches in Hong Kong last weekend, but lost 0-22 to Fiji in the Cup Final.

The defeat was only the fourth in 42 matches as South Africa made a number of basic errors in the match.
The result did not impact on the BlitzBoks' lead in the overall standings of the Sevens World Series, with the team still maintaining a 23 point lead.

Singapore is the eighth of 10 tournaments in the series.
Powell points to the importance of starting well against Japan, their first opponent in Pool B in Singapore.
"We need to start well and build momentum from there, so in a way, the Japan match is the most important one of the tournament, as it will set the tone," said Powell.
 "They are a dangerous side when given space, so our defence will have to be spot-on. If we are going to allow them to run around, we will have a lot of defending to do."
The BlitzBoks then face France, another dangerous opponent according to Powell: "They played well against us last weekend in Hong Kong, where we won 17-10 and I think they will get a lot of confidence from that match. You never know which French team is going to pitch and that makes them a very tough opponent."
The final pool match against England could also prove the toughest one mentally and physically.

Three of the BlitzBoks' four defeats this season (and a draw) came at the hands of England, with the defeat in the Vancouver Final last month the most recent.
"Yes, they are difficult to beat," said Powell.
"They are well coached and have the most experienced side in Singapore. They are very physical, but I think we lost against ourselves in the defeat in Vancouver.
"We played poorly in that final, so the challenge will be to trust our structures and systems. If we do that and cut out the basic errors we tend to make against them, we will be competitive," Powell added.
Springbok Sevens winger, Siviwe Soyizwapi, said the team is keen to rectify the mistakes from last weekend.
"In a way, we are lucky that Singapore is just a week after Hong Kong, which means we have a chance to fix things right away," said Soyizwapi, who made his debut in Hong Kong last year and has since played in nine tournaments, scoring 21 tries.
"We have travelled well, the training sessions went well and we are ready to go out there and play for each other and for our country.
"Singapore is very hot and humid, pretty much like Durban, but that will only be a factor if we allow it to be. All the teams play in the same conditions, so it does not really matter."
* The defending Singapore champions are Kenya, a team of players who are not full time professionals.

"It was a very special win for us," said Collins Injera  of last year's Cup Final triumph.

"I've been playing in the series for a long time now and this is my ninth year. I've had a lot of great memories with Humphrey so winning last year in Singapore was truly special for me personally. He has given a huge amount to the game and while he is not here this year, Kenyan rugby can be grateful for what he has achieved.

"Going into the tournament we were confident we could do well but having never won a tournament before, we had no expectations of that sort. To win on the world series, you have to beat six quality teams to take home the trophy so a lot of things have to go your way. For us, we just had that extra bit of motivation, we played as a team and would do anything for each other."

(Kick-off is local time - GMT plus eight hours)

Saturday, April 15
Argentina v Kenya (11.00)
Australia v Samoa (11.22)
England v France (11.44)
South Africa v Japan (12.06)
Canada v Russia (12.30)
Fiji v Hong Kong (12.52)
New Zealand v Scotland (13.14)
United States v Wales (13.36)
Argentina v Samoa (14.00)
Australia v Kenya (14.22)
England v Japan (14.44)
South Africa v France (15.06)
Canada v Hong Kong (15.28)
Fiji v Russia (15.50)
New Zealand v Wales (16.12)
United States v Scotland (16.34)
Kenya v Samoa (17.56)
Australia v Argentina (18.18)
France v Japan (18.40)
South Africa v England (19.02)
Russia v Hong Kong (19.44)
Fiji v Canada (20.06)
Scotland v Wales (20.28)
United States v New Zealand (20.50)

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Pool 0
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Spain Sevens 0 0 0 0 20
Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 0 1
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France Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
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