No permutation talk for BlitzBok Du Preez

Sun, 07 May 2017 06:17
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INTERVIEW: Springbok Sevens star Branco du Preez is staying far away from any permutation talk ahead of the final two legs of the 2016-2017 Sevens World Series.


The BlitzBoks currently have a 25-point lead over Fiji the top of the over the overall series standings ahead of the next event in Paris. It means that Neil Powell's team would just need to get out of their pool in Paris and London to lift the World Sevens Series title in two weeks' time.

"Now and then people ask you like how many points do you need to win the series," Du Preez told rugby365.

"For me personally I don't think about it because we are only focussed on Paris for now and then London will look after itself. 

"We are just focussed on being consistent in this tournament and just do the things that we want to do to the best of our abilities."

The BlitzBoks have picked up four tournament wins during the current season so far and Du Preez says their success on the field is down to a better understanding of what they want to do.  

"This season we are focussing more on the things that we want to achieve as a team and as individuals and then to bring that all together.

"We want to focus on our system and we want to look after our systems. If we look after the system, the system will look after us. 

"We came closer as a bunch of brothers and that makes it easier for us to go onto the field and do our thing," he added.

Du Preez's experience has been vital to the BlitzBoks' cause this season, but the 26-year-old, who has 53 tournaments to his name already, is not blowing his own horn.

"You are never perfect on the field. You always want to do better at the things that makes you the person that you are. 

"The conversions are one of the big things that I need to focus on and going into this last two tournaments I just want to focus on the things that I want to do like my kicking, attacking the lines and my defence. 

"Personally, I just want to go out and enjoy myself. I don't want to put any pressure on myself," said Du Preez.

The BlitzBoks will face Canada, Scotland and Japan in the pool stages in Paris and like they have done all season, the South Africans will not be taking any of their opponents lightly.

"I think all the teams have stepped up their game. There are no longer teams that you can say 'ok we are playing against this team, this is going to be an easy game'. 

"All the teams analyse the bigger teams and they just get better. Personally, we need to focus on the things that we want to do and not focus on the other teams because as long as we stick to our guns, we can be good on the field," he said.

By Warren Fortune


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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
Team P W D L Pts
Wales Sevens
Hong Kong