Blitzboks put Dubai behind them and focus on Cape Town

Annette Crawford
December 6, 2018

Cape Town is the second stop on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 and follows on from a thrilling opening round in Dubai last weekend, where New Zealand claimed the title for the first time in nine years.

In their pool matches, they were pummelled by South Africa 31-0, before losing narrowly to Argentina 22-19 and Samoa 17-15.

This has allowed coach Neil Powell to name the same squad for this weekend's Cape Town Sevens.

Defending champions New Zealand will join hosts South Africa, Samoa and invitational team Zimbabwe in Pool A. South Africa will wear a specially-designed jersey as part of the centenary celebrations of the life of the late Nelson Mandela.

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"We lacked a team effort, but once we sorted that out and found the team structure again, things went well, especially in the matches against Scotland and Fiji".

"We are hugely thankful to the Chiefs for releasing Etene from his pre-season duties, this highlights the positive relationships we have been fostering with Super Clubs and is another example of how we can work together", Philp said. "It's unfortunate that we won't have Jeff in Cape Town but we believe that Cyprian and Onyalla will provide adequate cover in the tournament", he told Nation Sport on Wednesday. I'm sure that will add extra emotion into what should be an awesome tournament this weekend.

"We've had this week to build on that and we have been talking about being patient and using the opportunities we created".

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