Blitzboks are the kings of Dubai — once more!

The SA Sevens crew went by means of the competitors unbeaten and can go into their dwelling match with loads of confidence.

What a distinction a while away to mirror and refocus can do.

After a quite disappointing and disastrous 2022/23 World Rugby Sevens collection the place the Blitzboks completed seventh within the total collection standings, they hit again in fashion within the opening spherical of the brand new 2023/24 collection, profitable the Dubai occasion on Sunday in gorgeous style.

Led by Selvyn Davids, the SA Sevens crew beat Argentina 12-7 in a pulsating closing to open their account for the brand new season, every week forward of their dwelling match in Cape City this coming weekend.

Impi Visser and Shilton van Wyk scored first half tries for the Blitzboks, with Justin Geduld changing one in every of them. Matias Osadczuk scored Argentina’s strive with Santiago Mare changing.


Captain and participant of the match Davids stated he believed the warmth in Dubai helped the Boks recover from the road at a venue the place they’ve now received a number of titles and 5 in a row, within the emirate.

“The warmth all the time helps us right here. However, the blokes additionally know they need to play for one another … that no particular person goes to have the ability to win it. This can be a actual brotherhood, and it means loads to us,” stated Davids.

“What we now have been by means of (in current occasions) has made us stronger, and likewise there may be a lot competitors within the camp, it’s robust to get into the crew.”

Davids mirrored on final season’s hardships and the actual fact the crew’s head coach Sandile Ndlovu is again in South Africa with an Achilles damage.

“We’ve been by means of a tricky time, however it is a particular bunch of gamers, and the administration, too. I need to thank the blokes for giving their all. We went by means of a dip (final season), however we’ve come out stronger.”

The Blitzboks beat Samoa 22-14, Canada 35-14 and New Zealand 21-19 in pool play on Saturday.
Within the knockout matches on Sunday, they first beat Australia 24-7 within the quarter-finals after which Fiji 14-7 within the semi-finals.

The Blitzboks can now stay up for their dwelling match in Cape City this coming weekend with confidence and perception that no matter they labored on and mentioned within the low season has labored for them.

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