The Blitzboks have played in four finals since the tournament became part of the series 20 years ago, but are yet to reign supreme in Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Sevens tournament sure is an extraordinary event, but the Blitzboks aren’t going to allow themselves to get caught up in the hype – they are aiming to “keep things simple” on the field this weekend, according to experienced campaigner Chris Dry.
After winning their first Vancouver title after a tough start to the 2018/19 World Sevens Series, it’s a good mentality to have, seeing as the anticipation will also be paired with much excitement from Blitzbok fans after things finally came together for Neil Powell’s team in Canada.
While Dry has travelled to the Far East as a reserve player, his bag of 66 tournaments is guaranteed to come in handy, albeit not on the pitch itself, as the Springbok Sevens team hunt their first Hong Kong title.
The Blitzboks have played in four finals since the tournament became part of the series 20 years ago, but are yet to reign supreme in Hong Kong.
And as someone who has made his eighth trip to the Hong Kong leg, Dry’s advice is something a youthful Blitzbok team won’t say no thanks to.
“It is a three-day tournament starting on Friday, so it is a short turnaround for us, but we will be keeping things fairly simple to start with,” the two-time World Series gold medallist said.
“I am (the) 13th player this time around, so my first task is not on the field, but rather off it. For now I will be doing my best to assist Siviwe (Soyizwapi) as captain and guide the younger players where needed. I will also make sure they are kept honest on the training pitch.
“You get the same log points here as anywhere else, so from that perspective it is all the same.
“There is a lot of hype, yes, and for many this is one tournament you want to play, but we are not going to make this one bigger than the rest.”
Blitzbok assistant coach, Renfred Dazel, who played in two finals at the iconic event, added that the team will not change their normal routine ahead the seventh of 10 tournaments.
“It has been a long haul to get here. We are slotting into our normal routine though and already had a gym session to flush out,” Dazel explained, agreeing with Dry that they are planning to “keep it simple”.
“We have a number of new guys, so we need to be careful not to overload them with information at this stage. We will get into our normal prep early and let the guys settle in before we fine-tune ahead of our first match on Friday.”
The Blitzboks’ first match on Friday is against Japan at 12.06pm.