AUDIO: Bad memory to motivate BlitzBoks

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:02

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The BlitzBoks will be using last year's loss to England in the Cup Final at the Cape Town Sevens as motivation when they take to the field at Cape Town Stadium.

A packed stadium and a sell-out crowd do give them extra legs and the BlitzBoks are determined to reward the South African faithful with a commanding performance at the forthcoming Cape Town Sevens this weekend. 

According to the Springbok Sevens captain Philip Snyman the team loves playing at home, but as they saw last year, it does not guarantee tournament win. 

The 48-tournament veteran joined the other 15 team captains on the roof of the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday for a rather unique captains' photograph and admitted afterwards that the nerves were starting to tingle.

"When we entered the stadium I felt some nervous energy and remembered our performances from last year," said Snyman. 

"We won five matches in a row thanks to some fantastic crowd support and then lost the Final, the one that mattered, to England. 

"That was much to the disappointment not only of ourselves, but the huge crowd as well. Although we are not looking back, those memories will make us more determined to go all the way."

The BlitzBoks love playing in front of their supporters, but Snyman believes the pressure will be a positive one.

"We start every tournament at zero, as we do with this one. We are not putting any pressure on ourselves, in fact, we will be going out there to enjoy this one," said Snyman. 

"We have faith in our structures and we know they work if implemented correctly. If we can do that this weekend and have a smile on our faces, it will be a good tournament."

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Sat, 24 February 2018
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Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 14h30 Twickenham Stoop
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Sun, 25 February 2018
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Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Fri, 02 March 2018
Blues v Chiefs 06h35 Eden Park
Reds v Brumbies 09h00 Suncorp Stadium
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Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
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Sat, 03 March 2018
Sunwolves v Rebels 22h00 Tokyo
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Sat, 24 February 2018
Lions v Jaguares 47 | 27
Waratahs v Stormers 34 | 27
Crusaders v Chiefs 45 | 23
Sunwolves v Brumbies 25 | 32
Fri, 23 February 2018
France v Italy 34 | 17
Leinster v Kings 64 | 7
Dragons v Edinburgh 12 | 25
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 21 | 10
Rebels v Reds 45 | 19
Highlanders v Blues 41 | 34
Mon, 19 February 2018
NWU-Pukke v UJ 18 | 15
Maties v CUT-Ixias 75 | 12
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 27 | 32
NMMU-Madibaz v Wits 29 | 32
Sun, 18 February 2018
Dragons v Treviso 15 | 18
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Pool 0
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Spain Sevens 0 0 0 0 20
Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 0 1
Pool 19
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England Sevens 0 0 0 0 19
Pool 20
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Uganda Sevens 0 0 0 0 2
Pool A
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Fiji Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Canada Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
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New Zealand Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Australia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
France Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
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Argentina Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
United States Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool D
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South Africa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Russia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
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Wales Sevens