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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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
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