Hong Kong is Snyman’s first Blitzbok mission

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Hong Kong will be Philip Snyman’s first tournament at the helm of the Blitzboks. The former sevens player was appointed as the temporary head coach in March after a string of disappointing performances on the playing field.

South Africa had an excellent run-up to the sevens season when it won the opening tournament between the dunes of Dubai.

But after that, the team began to build momentum faster and faster on the slippery slope of disappointing results. First in Cape Town, then in Perth and then in Vancouver and Los Angeles.

The Blitzbokke are currently seventh in the official HSBC standings with 48 points after the five tournaments.

If South Africa does not finish the season’s action among the top eight teams, promotion-relegation matches beckon; something that was unthinkable in the Blitzbokke’s glory years.

However, Snyman is satisfied with the group of players he has at his disposal.

“It’s great to welcome back players like Christie Grobbelaar, Ronald Brown, Dewald Human and Quewin Nortj√©,” he said.

“We are only too aware that our past performances were not up to standard and we owe ourselves and our supporters a better performance.”

South Africa will face Ireland, Spain and Samoa in the group stage.

“This is a very tough group and we will have to fire on all cylinders from the outset. These days you can no longer afford to make mistakes because any team is good enough to win matches. We have been persuaded to play in the cup quarter-final and we are working hard on the training ground.”

The Hong Kong tournament will be held from 5 to 7 April.

Blitzbokke’s Hong Kong squad: Christie Grobbelaar, Ryan Oosthuizen, Impi Visser, Zain Davids, Ronald Brown, Selvyn Davids (captain), Shaun Williams, Dewald Human, Shilton van Wyk, Darren Adonis, Justin Geduld, Quewin Nortj√© and Katlego Letebele.