‘Silent Assassin’ ghosts into Dream Team

2018-06-19 13:08
Dylan Sage (left) and Werner Kok. Photo: Supplied

Dylan Sage (left) and Werner Kok. Photo: Supplied

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To be in the overall Dream Team of the HSBC Sevens is an honour and privilege for Dylan Sage, one of the outstanding Blitzboks this season.

“If you take into consideration the rollercoaster season we had, I was pleasantly surprised to make the overall team. I’ve made the Dream Teams in Vancouver and London but this was the cherry on the cake and this achievement is thanks to my team mates,” he said.

He attended Wynberg Boys’ Primary and High Schools and joined the Blitzboksin 2015 when he was invited by Paul Delport and Marius Schoeman to join the SA Academy squad in Stellenbosch.

“I played Varsity Cup for the University of Cape Town and since joining the Blitzboks I haven’t played 15s. Other outstanding sport personalities from Wynberg Boys’ High include Sikhumbozu Notshe and Jacques Kallis,” he said.

His grandfather is the late Doug Hopwood and he was ten years old when his granddad passed on.

Dylan is not known for scoring tries but for his donkey work in securing the ball for players such as the Seabelo Senatla, Cecil Afrika and Justin Geduld to score tries. This is why he can be described as the “Silent Assassin”.

“If I score tries it is part of the game, but each of us have a job to do on the field, depending on the opponents. If my job in a game is to secure the ball at the breakdown or to tackle for the 14 minutes, so be it. But it is extremely satisfactory if you dot down behind the try line as well,” Dylan said.

According to him the team always believed that they have a chance to win back-to-back World titles this season.

“As I’ve mentioned earlier, we had a rollercoaster season and it was not the results that we had last year when we won tournaments. However, we were consistent in playing in semi or finals and that kept our hopes alive.

“Luckily for us we could beat England in tournaments, a task that was not always possible in the past. But that monkey is now off our back and we have to deal with Fiji,” he chuckled.

He says Fiji is a very good side and is not easy to break or stop when on attack.

“The Fijians have skillful and elusive backs and it is sometimes difficult to defend against them, especially when they offload the ball quickly. With the Sevens World Cup coming up in San Francisco from 20 to 22 July, we definitely have a target on our backs and everyone will be coming for us.

“This is a once-off tournament and a whole new ball game for all the teams on the HSBC circuit. You don’t have the luxury of trying to win the next tournament to still stay in the hunt, if you lose then you are out,” Dylan said.

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