The South African Springbok Sevens team will today face what has become their bogey team in this year’s IRB Sevens World Series in the quarter-finals of the cup competition. They will come up against Fiji for a place in the Cup semi-finals against either Kenya or New Zealand.
The Cup quarter-finalist are:
Samoa vs. USA
England vs. Australia
South Africa vs. Fiji
Kenya vs. New Zealand
Hong Kong Sevens 2009
Fans of the BlitzBokke will remember our heartbreak final against Fiji almost a year ago, but coach Paul Treu believes that they have the ability to revenge that loss.
“They are tall players and good runners who can swing the ball form side to side. They can really manipulate space and are masters in attacking space.”
“We have to make sure our defensive alignment are in place and we engage in the contact, making the early hits.”
We have a plan
The coach will therefore have to believe that his senior players have the ability to step up and make the hits.
After their final game against Kenya last night, while the fans were streaming out of the stadium, I noticed that the coach took time to speak to both Frankie Horne and Mpho Mbiyozo in the center of the pitch. I believe that he impressed upon them the importance that they take the lead and cancel out the Fijian attacking prowess.
We have all the faith that they can. When they do, Hong Kong Stadium March 28, 2010 can be:
The right place… at the right time.
I took this picture of a fan in Wan Chai last night (Pic: Mike Jansen)