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Blitzboks didn’t do the small things well


'We will fix things' says Springbok Sevens captain Philip Snyman after the team 'messed up' in Dubai this weekend.

NO GAS: Englands Phil Burgess runs to score a try as South Africas Kyle Brown fails to stop him in their quarter-final match on Saturday.

Springbok Sevens captain Philip Snyman says it’s their job to fix things at the Cape Town Sevens this weekend after they “messed up” in Dubai.

The Blitzboks slumped to one of their worst starts to the Series in recent seasons in the opening tournament of the 2018/19 World Sevens Series at the weekend.

It was also the first time in 11 tournaments that the Blitzboks got knocked out in the quarters having played in all 10 of last season’s last-four battles.

The South Africans claimed victories over Zimbabwe and Samoa on Day One, but fell to Argentina in their last match on Friday.

Despite the upset, the Blitzboks still topped Pool A to set up a Cup quarter-final fixture against England.

It was a game where the South Africans never looked in control, and their defence and a few restart blunders certainly contributed to the 22-5 defeat.

Things came together in their last two games in Dubai, although it was a case of too little, too late. Against Scotland, the Blitzboks scored 29 points in the Plate semi-final, before producing another strong performance against Fiji in an extra-time fifth-place thrilling 24-19 loss.

“We didn’t do the small things well,” said Snyman.

“We were poor in those areas in the first four matches. Against Scotland and Fiji things went more according to plan, but overall we are disappointed. It was a reality check too, you cannot just rock up and expect things must happen for you.

“We lacked that focus, especially early on.

“We will have great support from fans and family (in Cape Town), but it will be our responsibility to improve on our performance. We messed up here in Dubai, so it is our job to fix it in Cape Town,” said Snyman.

Coach Neil Powell took a few more positives from their Dubai effort. “The fact that we did not play any tournaments before the start of the World Series may have impacted our performances here in Dubai,” said Powell. “We managed to control matches for longer spells as the tournament progressed and I am happy with that.”