Upbeat Blitzboks to avoid ‘slip-ups’

Skipper Siviwe Soyizwapi has promised that the Blitzboks will complete their 2022-23 World Sevens Series with a positive mindset and an urgency to make up for past errors.

The 11-leg global circuit concludes this weekend in England, and the South Africans have finished their preparations for the London Sevens, which will be played at Twickenham on Saturday and Sunday.

According to Soyizwapi, who will play in his 51st World Series tournament, the Blitzboks are ready: “We only looked at what worked in Toulouse and used those positives to get into the right mindset for London.

“The mistakes we made were pretty consistent to those we made during the series, so it is just a matter of continuing to work on them. But it was the positives that drove us this week and actually motivated us with one more tournament to go on the World Series.

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“We came here disappointed because of Toulouse and the slip-ups we had, but once we focussed on the good things we did, the mindset changed quickly.”

He added: “We are playing at Twickenham, a stadium with a massive history where many iconic battles took place.

“For any English player, as their home of rugby, it is a dream to play at the venue, so we will embrace that we can also do it and hope to make memorable memories in doing so. The World Series has become so competitive, it is almost fitting that it finishes in an iconic stadium.”

“The guys who came into the squad will be better having played last week and the fact that, unlike almost every other tour so far, we did not have to fly in injury replacements will give us some consistency this weekend,” ‘Shakes’ concluded.

One final spot for next year’s Olympic Games in Paris remains, with Australia (125) holding a nine-point cushion over Samoa and SA (116). Australia enter the competition on Saturday as defending champions.

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