HSBC Las Vegas Sevens: Coach Powell Celebrates Blitzboks’ Shredding Of Fiji 


Springbok Sevens’ coach, Neil Powell is pleased with his guys’ performance at HSBC Las Vegas Sevens but, has charged the team to stay grounded for next weekend’s HSBC Vancouver Sevens.

Neil Powell was commenting on Blitzboks’ win at the HSBC Las Vegas Sevens. Admitting that it wasn’t a superb performance, Powell remarked that being able to bounce back in the game was the pleasing thing about the Blitzboks win.

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Adding that he’s delighted his squad humbled Fiji with a 19 – 12 win in the final, Coach Powell identified that it’s for the Blitzboks, the third consecutive HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament title and the fourth in the season.

Despite the fact that the Blitzboks went for the HSBC Las Vegas Sevens game without play-makers like Seabelo Senatla and Kwagga Smith, they still bagged the top honors. Senatla and Kwagga couldn’t join the Blitzboks as they are playing Vodacom Super Rugby.

 In line with that, Coach Powell said:

“…Siviwe Soyizwapi and Dylan Sage did very well in taking over the roles of those two stalwarts. We are pretty blessed with our depth in the squad.

It is good for the players also to realize that the structure is a sound one and as long as they look after it, the better the structure will look after them.

 I am very happy. It was not our most clinical performance of the season at all, but we got the result and that is what was important. I would rather win ugly than lose pretty.

The guys showed tremendous fighting spirit and always managed to come back and score the tries we needed to win the matches. They kept their focus and played very well in the second half of the matches, never giving up.”

With the foregoing, Powell stressed that he’s happy with the team but then, cautioned that half of the tournaments in the series still needs to be played.

“We are in a good position, but we need to maintain our form and cannot think that things will just happen for us from now on. We need to stay grounded and start afresh, as we will need to do in Vancouver next weekend,” he added.

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Meanwhile, the draw for the HSBC Vancouver Sevens has been announced. South Africa will be facing Chile, Kenya and England in pool A.

Recent Facts To Know About The Springbok Sevens Team

Reporting this, SA Rugby offered the facts below about the Springbok Sevens team.

  1. The Springbok Sevens team has now won 28 of their last 30 matches played. England and Fiji (23) are next best in this regard.
  2. They are also the leading try scorers at the halfway mark, with a 129 tries at an average of 4.3 per match. Fiji (126) is in second place and England (97) third.
  3. Cecil Afrika extended his overall Springbok Sevens career points’ scoring record to 1183 points and moved into ninth on the overall log.
  4. Chris Dry (93), Philip Snyman (81) and Werner Kok (76) are the top three tacklers in the series this far. Seabelo Senatla leads the series in line-breaks (40) and tries (32).