BlitzBok captain reveals problem area ahead of World Cup Sevens quarterfinal
REACTION: The Springbok Sevens team will be looking for a more dominant performance on defence when they take on Ireland in the quarterfinals of World Cup Sevens at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
The South Africans opened their campaign with a 32-5 win over Chile on Friday, but for Blitzbok captain Siviwe Soyizwapi, their defence will have to be more decisive against the Irish, who won both their matches on the opening day, against Portugal (24-0) and England (17-5).
“We were very clinical on attack, especially in the opening part of our match against Chile, but I think we need to be more dominant on defence as we gave a lot of momentum away in the match,” said Soyizwapi.
“Ireland play a very structured game and to be successful against them, you will have to stop their momentum. We did not do that very well against Chile, so that will be an area to focus on come Saturday.”
The clash against Ireland is the last encounter of Saturday and will kick off 22.33 local time (20.33 GMT), and the BlitzBok captain thinks underfoot conditions can be even trickier on Day Two of the tournament.
Despite the issues they encountered on Friday, the Springbok Sevens team delivered a composed performance to book their place in the quarter-finals, getting their six-try romp off to a good start when Angelo Davids went over after just 20 seconds to settle the nerves in front of a good crowd.
Meanwhile, Ronald Brown, who was one of the BlitzBoks’ try-scorers against Chile, said playing in his first Rugby World Cup Sevens was a moment to treasure and he hopes that their plans for the rest of the tournament will work as well as it did against the South Americans.
“It was amazing going out there onto the pitch with the fans and everything, and we are just glad the plan went accordingly,” said Brown, adding that the team had prepared for the long day and will again do so on Saturday.
“We had our training session in the morning and then went back to the hotel to chill for a bit and had our recovery session. So, we jumped in the pool, relaxed a bit, had lunch as a team, and from then on some of the guys had naps, some chilled in the games room.
“Then we regrouped afterwards, and we planned for the game and came to the stadium. Ireland is a quality side, and we know what they are capable of. They have a lot of playmakers with the likes of Terry Kennedy and Jordan Conroy so if we can limit them with ball in hand and make them defend then we should be in for a good match.”
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