BlitzBok captain applauds teammates

Mon, 15 May 2017 07:56

REACTION: Springbok Sevens captain Philip Snyman applauded the massive team effort of his squad and gave credit to their management staff after the BlitzBoks secured the World Rugby Sevens Series title in Paris on Sunday.

The BlitzBoks clinched the Paris Sevens title as well, after earlier in the season winning in Dubai, Wellington, Sydney and Las Vegas and contested the finals in Cape Town, Vancouver and Hong Kong.

They wrapped up the series in the penultimate tournament of the series after closest contenders, Fiji and England faded out of contention.

"We actually did not know that England lost their semifinal match against Scotland as we were warming up for our own semi against New Zealand. We knew that we would be series champions if we beat New Zealand, so went out with all guns blazing to win that one, which we did.

"We were champions already and did not even know," Snyman said with a smile.

"But then, it would not have mattered as we wanted to win it anyway. We are a team that believe in hard work and don't want anything offered to us on a plate. We want to earn everything that comes our way," Snyman said.

"We executed well, but massive credit must go our management team in this regard. They laid out the perfect game plan and we just executed that. The system worked perfectly, not only this weekend, but also all season and they deserve credit for that."

Snyman was adamant that their mindset has not changed with the London Sevens remaining.

"We set out to win as many tournaments as we can, so nothing has changed now that we have won the series. The BlitzBoks will still go out there and give everything they have to win in London. We are not letting our standards down."

South Africa will face Kenya, Wales and USA in a tough Pool A at the London Sevens, to be played at Twickenham.

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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
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28