South Africa’s Quest for Glory: Pursuing 11th Dubai Sevens Rugby Title
- Kingston Bailey
- December 1, 2023
As the Dubai Sevens Rugby kicks off this weekend, South Africa’s national sevens team, the Blitzboks, sets its sights on claiming an impressive 11th title in this prestigious tournament. The World Rugby Sevens Series, comprising eight tournaments worldwide, provides an exhilarating stage for teams to showcase their skills and compete for supremacy in the shorter format of the game. South Africa, defending champions, is determined to make amends after a somewhat disappointing seventh-place finish last season.
The team’s preparation for the new season has been intense, with a renewed focus on addressing the shortcomings that hindered their title charge in the previous year. Ronald Brown, the full-back for the South Africa Sevens, emphasized the team’s commitment to rectifying past mistakes, particularly in aspects like the breakdown and defensive strategies. The emphasis on perfecting set phases and executing plays with precision underscores the team’s committment to raising their performance level.
Dubai has historically been a happy hunting ground for the Blitzboks, and assistant coach Philip Snyman believes that the combination of local support and a winning track record will be advantageous. However, he also acknowledges the challenges posed by a physical group featuring formidable opponents like Canada, Samoa, and New Zealand. Snyman emphasizes the importance of strategic gameplay, urging the team to muscle up in critical areas, avoid unnecessary contact situations, and capitalize on their inherent strengths, such as skill and pace.
A key figure returning to bolster the Blitzboks’ lineup is Rosko Specman, an attacking force on the field. Specman’s call for increased line speed, defensive intensity, and a willingness to put bodies on the line underscores the team’s commitment to overcoming challenges in a tough pool.
The absence of captain Siviwe Soyizwapi and coach Sandile Ncgobo due to injuries creates a void in leadership, but the experienced Selvyn Davids steps up to lead the team. With stalwarts like Justin Geduld in the lineup and former captain Philip Snyman coaching the side, there is a wealth of experience, talent, and skill to guide the defending champions to a successful start in the series.
As the Blitzboks embark on their quest for an 11th Dubai Sevens title, the focus is not just on reclaiming past glory but also on setting the tone for a season of redemption and triumph. The combination of strategic planning, individual commitment, and a rich reservoir of experience positions South Africa as a formidable contender in the Dubai Sevens Rugby, and fans can expect an exhilarating display of skill and determination on the desert stage.