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No chance of Blitzboks underestimating repeat opponents: 'We have a target on our back'

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Zain Davids. (Photo by Grant Pitcher/Gallo Images)
Zain Davids. (Photo by Grant Pitcher/Gallo Images)

Springboks Sevens player Zain Davids is looking for more precision from the team as they look to bag a second Sevens tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

If they go on to win this weekend, it will be in as many weeks after the team stormed to an unbeaten series victory last weekend in the same country. 

The Blitzboks are top of the standings on 22 points, followed by last weekend’s losing finalists the USA on 19 points. The Dubai title means the Blitzboks have stretched their winning streak to 18 games.

A long season awaits the teams, and for Davids, the team will be starting from scratch on Friday.

"It was six tough games last weekend, and the bodies were tired afterwards, but we had to restart and refocus on the new challenges coming this weekend," said Davids.

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Blitzboks win 2021 Dubai Sevens (Gallo Images)
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Several players shone last weekend with Ronald Brown, Selvyn Davids and JC Pretorius making the Dream Team for that event. 

Davids put in a 19 tackles strong defensive shift (joint first over the two days), and is bullish about continuing in the same manner again, even as they face the same group opponents as last weekend on day one, (Japan, Ireland and Great Britain):

We cannot underestimate anyone. We have a target on our back, and everyone knows we have to work very hard if we want to achieve anything (this coming weekend).

New kid on the block Tiaan Pretorius will be looking to add to his introduction to the Sevens circuit.

Pretorius scored a long-range try against Australia in last weekend's quarter-final clash.

"I'm just so happy for the opportunity. It does not always happen that you get so much playing time in your first tournament, so I'm grateful for that and I'm just taking in as much as I can," said Pretorius.

The Blitzboks' Pool A matches on Friday (SA times):
09:12 - Springboks Sevens v Japan

13:04 - Springboks Sevens v Ireland

18:33 - Springboks Sevens v Great Britain

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