Blitzbok target moves to Cape Town

Henry

The Blitzbokke started the new sevens season in the best possible way when they beat Argentina in the final of the Dubai tournament.

Next on the agenda is Cape Town; a tournament in which the South Africans just couldn’t manage to smoke the pipe for the past few years.

The Blitzbokke are together with Ireland, the USA and Great Britain in Group A of the Cape spectacle and the Dubai triumph means that they are currently riding on the crest of the new season’s sevens wave.

Philip Snyman, who held the coaching reins alongside Marnus Schoeman in Dubai in Sandile Ngcobo’s absence, praised the players for their commitment in the desert city.

“We did a very good job during our pre-season preparation and the players showed that they were ready to play six tough games,” said Snyman.

He believes that the Blitzbokke’s game did the talking in Dubai.

“The men said in advance that they would give their best and they certainly followed through on their words. The team showed a lot of character and they were willing to work hard.”

The good performance means that the team also took a step in the right direction to compensate for last year’s struggles.

“We wanted to give our very best on the field. The results didn’t matter so much – we wanted to look each other in the eye after every game. The players played for each other and for the Blitzbok jersey; there is pride in the team again.”

  • Groups for the sevens tournament in Cape Town (December 9-10):

Group A: South Africa, Ireland, USA and Great Britain

Group B: Argentina, Fiji, France and Spain

Group C: New Zealand, Samoa, Canada and Australia.