PREVIEW: Cape Town Sevens

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:50

WORLD SERIES ROUND TWO: Experience and then some - that is the statistical reality of the Springbok Sevens team, who will start the Cape Town Sevens this weekend as the most experienced BlitzBok team ever. 

Four players - Chris Dry (63), Kyle Brown (59), Branco du Preez (56) and Cecil Afrika (54) - have played in more than 50 tournaments, while BlitzBok captain Philip Snyman will be playing in his 49th. 

A host of others have played 30 tournaments or more. The least experienced squad member is Tim Agaba, who will be in action in his 12th tournament. 

The BlitzBoks boast a combined tournament total of 458, or on average, 38 tournaments per player. 

Dry, South Africa's second most capped player ever, has played in 304 matches and admits that the experience in the squad is a big bonus.

"That experience is very important and helps in tight situations," said Dry. 

"For me personally, to play 300 matches was a massive honour and something I am really proud of. 

The experienced forward said they are aiming to be at their best in Cape Town: "We are fixing the small things that held us back in Dubai and training went well."

Du Preez commended his teammates on their contributions this week. 

"Players such as Cecil Afrika, Rosko Specman and Justin Geduld are really special and to compete against them is not easy," said Du Preez.  

"We are supporting each other, but we also push each other to improve."

Du Preez was clear on the team's objectives for the weekend: "We need to get our focus right. That first match against Russia will set the tone for us. 

"The fact that we play at home will lift us. It is awesome to be back in Cape Town and to feel the support," Du Preez said. 

Pools:

Pool A: South Africa, Kenya, France, Russia
Pool B: New Zealand, Australia, Spain, USA
Pool C: England, Scotland, Argentina, Uganda 
Pool D: Fiji, Samoa, Canada, Wales

Schedule:
(Kick-off time is local - GMT plus two hours)

Saturday, December 9:
Samoa v Canada - 10.15
Fiji v Wales - 10.37
Scotland v Argentina - 10.59
England v Uganda - 11.21
Australia v Spain - 11.43
New Zealand v USA - 12.05 
Kenya v France - 12.27
South Africa v Russia - 12.49
Samoa v Wales - 13.36
Fiji v Canada - 13.58
Scotland v Uganda - 14.20
England v Argentina - 14.42
Australia v USA - 15.04
New Zealand v Spain - 15.26
Kenya v Russia - 15.48
South Africa v France - 16.10
Canada v Wales - 16.57
Fiji v Samoa - 17.19
Argentina v Uganda - 17.41
England v Scotland - 18.03
Spain v USA - 18.50
New Zealand v Australia - 19.12
France v Russia - 19.34
South Africa v Kenya - 19.56

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
SEVENS
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Pool 0
Team P W D L Pts
Spain Sevens 0 0 0 0 20
Pool 19
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England Sevens 0 0 0 0 19
Pool 20
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Uganda Sevens 0 0 0 0 2
Pool A
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Fiji Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Canada Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
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New Zealand Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Australia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
France Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
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Argentina Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
United States Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool D
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South Africa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Russia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool
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Wales Sevens