Lightning needs to find a higher gear in Vancouver


After the Dubai sevens tournament, the Blitzbokke were first on the HSBC standings. Now, two tournaments later, they are in fourth place.

South Africa finished fifth in Perth after losing to Argentina and Fiji. However, the team again played good blitz rugby against France in its final match.

“The result against Fiji (South Africa lost 14-12) just underlined the point that you cannot afford to lose concentration for one moment,” said Sandile Ngcobo.

However, the national sevens coach is proud of the way in which his players fought back against the French in the subsequent matchup.

“It is true that the ball did not bounce in our direction against Fiji, but the boys did not lie down and they can be proud of their performance against France.”

According to Ncgobo, the South Africans showed what they are capable of in this match.

“It was a clinical performance. The players were hungry for a win and it was very good to see.”

Still, trophies in the display case are the benchmark for success on the international stage and after Argentina held up the silverware for the second time in a row, it is time for the Blitzboks to switch to a higher gear again.

“We came to Perth with the semi-final and final in our sights and it was disappointing to go down against Fiji,” said Ryan Oosthuizen.

However, the 28-year-old player was persuaded to deliver a better performance in Vancouver (February 23 – 25) and Los Angeles (March 1 – 3).

“We are now on our way back home and we will prepare hard for the upcoming tournaments. We are grateful to get more opportunities on the playing field so quickly.”

HSBC Ranking:

  1. Argentina: 58 points
  2. Fiji: 44 points
  3. Australia: 44 points
  4. South Africa: 42 points
  5. Ireland: 42 points
  6. New Zealand: 32 points
  7. France: 20 points
  8. USA: 16 points
  9. Samoa: 14 points
  10. Spain: 11 points
  11. Canada: 10 points
  12. Great Britain: 9 points