We’re no one-hit wonders – Chiefs sevens coach

2013-12-03 17:14

Kaizer Chiefs sevens coach Gcobani Bobo said next weekend’s George Premier League sevens will prove that the Chiefs rugby team are not one-hit wonders.

Last year they exited the competition at the cup quarterfinal stage.

The coastal town of George will again play host to the tournament, which was won by Samurai International.

Bobo picked a strong team that includes sevens legend Fabian Juries and rising star Sergeal Petersen.

“Last year, we did well in terms of winning the team over and getting them to buy into the brand, but for the club to take sevens rugby even more seriously, we need to bring something to the table,” Bobo said.

“It is a lot of pressure, but it is something we put ourselves under. It is important to get into the play-offs, but it’s even more important to get ourselves higher up into the table so we can get ourselves into a good semifinal and plan from there.”

With the sevens now an Olympic sport from the Rio 2016 games onwards, Bobo said it is important for a platform like the Chiefs team to be used by players to stake a claim for the team.

Bobo also said the opportunity is also open for the team to tap into Chiefs’ massive supporter base.

“You don’t have just one place in the rugby fraternity where you can further your career. There will be youngsters who will want to come and play for Chiefs and use the club to make career inroads,” Bobo said.

Former Bok sevens player Juries said: “I played in a social tournament in Dubai over the weekend so I could get the legs going again, but I have been training for this tournament since the start of the year so I don’t pull a hamstring like last year.”

Team: Danwell Demas, Fabian Juries, Junior Bester, Norman Nelson, Sinovuyo Ganto, Sergeal Petersen, Leroy Bitterhout, Reg Muller, Daneel Ellis, Justin Wheeler, Jason Kriel

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