BlitzBoks not one-trick ponies

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 20:26
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SEVENS SPOTLIGHT: Experience may not be one of the tools in the Souyh African team's armoury, but they are determined to use the other attributes that could lead to glory.

The BlitzBoks will attempt to win the Hong Kong leg of the World Series for the first time and stay ahead of the chasing pack.

The BlitzBoks have an eight-point lead on the World Series table, as they enter the seventh of 10 tournaments.

With five debutants in the squad, few are banking on them to go all the way.

Nine regulars are currently in Stellenbosch preparing for the Commonwealth Games, and the young guns realise the potential impact they could have.

Playmaker and flyhalf, Selvyn Davids, said the focus should be on the squad in Hong Kong.

"I made my debut here last year," Davids said.

"Unfortunately, I picked up an injury that ended the season for me, but other than that, it was a highlight in my career. I was nervous, but thinking back, there was no need for that.

"You just go out and play. The coaches select you for a reason, so it is important to reinforce their faith in you.

"This time around I have tournaments under the belt and I will be urging the debutants to enjoy the moment, and not fear it. They are talented enough to make us a competitive side out there."

Another senior in the squad, Zain Davids, said there is no difference in his role as one of the leaders in the group.

"Normally the young guys bring the energy," said Davids, who plays in the forwards and has scored five tries in 36 matches.

"It will be good to have that, but I have learned that everyone must bring that. A team full of energy will be hard to beat."

"The most important aspect when we run out to face South Korea on Friday will be to play as we have trained. We need to trust our processes, trust each other and make sure we play for one other. If we do that, things will go well."

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