Blitzboks set for physical test

Coach Neil Powell says the Blitzboks will have a ‘serious look’ at their discipline as they head into the final day of the Cape Town Sevens on Sunday.

The Springbok Sevens continued their good form by finishing top of Pool A on Saturday, beating Fiji 26-14 and the USA 21-15 after a 49-0 demolition of Japan on Friday.

The Blitzboks will now meet African compatriots Kenya in the Cup quarter-finals on Sunday, but Powell warned that they could come crashing down if they are not on song against the Kenyans.

‘They are a big, strong and physical team and will play that way against us,’ Powell predicted. ‘They will also have a lot of confidence because they finished top of their pool.’

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The Blitzboks have also conceded a yellow card in every game at the Cape Town Sevens, and Powell said it is something they must address.

‘We are not happy with the yellow cards and the amount of penalties we conceded, as we’re a team that strive for zero cards and penalties, and to concede this many is a bit worrying,’ the coach said.

‘We will have a serious look at our discipline because we cannot afford to go into the knockout stages and make those same mistakes again.’

The Cup quarter-finals are:
11:18am: South Africa v Kenya
11:40am: France v Argentina
12:02pm: Ireland v Fiji
12:24pm: New Zealand v Scotland

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