Hong Kong Sevens: tough draw for Blitsbokke

2012-02-18 00:00

THE Blitsbokke were drawn in a tough pool for the Hong Kong Sevens tournament and will have to battle with Sevens World Series leaders New Zealand, current Sevens World Cup holders Wales and the USA for one of the two knockout qualifying spots in Pool B.

The draw for round six of the World Series, to be played from March 23 to 25 at the Hong Kong Stadium, took place on Thursday evening.

In his reaction to the draw, Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu said the extra points on offer in Hong Kong gave this event an extra edge.

“We are in a really tough pool. New Zealand are the Series leaders and last week in [Las] Vegas they came within seconds of winning their third consecutive tournament of the season.

“Wales are the Sevens World Cup winners and have improved steadily since then. They recently showed against Fiji what they are capable of, so they will be a huge challenge for us, and the USA are always very difficult because of their competitive nature.”

Pool A comprises Samoa, England, Argentina and Kenya. Pool B features Series leaders New Zealand, South Africa, Wales and the USA, and Pool C Fiji, Australia, France and Scotland.

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