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Lessons learned, Blitsboks ready for Sydney’s challenges

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“Each and every player in the team had a look at themselves and realised that it was not our best effort last weekend, especially on defence,”

BRING IT ON: SA Sevens captain Philip Snyman says the team is aware of the massive test ahead of his team this weekend. Picture: Ryan Wilkisky BackpagePix

Springbok Sevens skipper Philip Snyman is confident his team will be a better oiled machine when they go into this weekend’s fourth round of the HSBC Sydney Sevens tournament in Australia.

The BlitzBoks failed to maintain the high standards they set themselves when they finished fourth at the Hamilton tournament last weekend, but Snyman believes plenty of introspection and hard work in the last few days will stand the team in good stead this weekend.

“Each and every player in the team had a look at themselves and realised that it was not our best effort last weekend (in Hamilton), especially on defence,” said Snyman yesterday. “Personally, I thought it was one of our worst performances in a while.”

Statistics back up what Snyman said on the defensive problems in Hamilton, with SA in the bottom third for completed tackles, with a mere 62 percent successful hits.

Snyman said he was confident his team would hit back hard this weekend. The BlitzBoks are in a tough pool alongside the hosts, Australia, Argentina and Tonga.

“We are a young team and lessons have been learned,” said Snyman. “We had a look at the videos of our matches (from last week) and it was not pretty viewing at times.

“We had a solid defence session earlier and it felt good, so clearly the guys adapted from what we missed out on last weekend.”

He added a big test though awaited his men. “Yes, it is a very tough pool, so we need to be sharp from the first minute to the last,” said the veteran skipper.

“The Tongans are very physical and the Argentineans never stop playing. Australia are not only hosting the tournament, but they are also defending champions. We need to play at our best.”