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Blitzboks won't be complacent despite continued success - Powell

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Sevens coach Neil Powell. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
Sevens coach Neil Powell. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Blitzboks coach Neil Powell said complacency should not be part of the team's vocabulary in this weekend's fourth tournament of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Seville, even though his charges won the previous three in the 2022 season.

"There is not much fear of that, no - I could see in the gym session this morning that they are ready to go and that they will bring some good energy to the field," said Powell.

"We need to make sure we focus on the right things. We have another defence session before our first match and I am sure that will get us back to zero, which is where we want to start our first match at.

"Talking about defence, we only conceded four tries in five matches last week and that was great, but I don't think our attack was as good as it could be. We did not keep possession as well as we could have done and we have looked at that aspect of our game.

"We are still hoping for the perfect game and hopefully we can play that in Seville."

It will not be plain sailing, Powell admitted: "It is not an easy pool, especially as Spain will be playing at home. They won twice in Malaga, beating Scotland and Wales, which is proof of their quality.

"They are a bit like Argentina and tend to be difficult opponents to break down. We will have to be up for it, no doubt. They will try to take our space away.

"The USA have good senior players around and it always is a hard-fought match against them, so we will need to be up for that clash," Powell warned. 

Springbok Sevens pool schedule in Seville (SA times):

Saturday, 29 January

11:57: Spain

17:25: USA

Springbok Sevens squad:

1. Sako Makata - 12 tournaments, 50 matches, 35 points (7 tries)

2. Ryan Oosthuizen - 26 tournaments, 128 matches, 130 points (26 tries)

3. Impi Visser (captain) - 16 tournaments, 81 matches, 85 points (17 tries)

4. Zain Davids - 27 tournaments, 137 matches, 125 points (25 tries)

5. Christie Grobbelaar - six tournaments, 29 matches, 45 points (9 tries)

6. JC Pretorius - 15 tournaments, 82 matches, 180 points (36 tries)

7. Branco du Preez - 78 tournaments, 397 matches, 1401 points (99 tries, 450 conversions, 1 penalty goal, 1 drop goal)

8. Selvyn Davids - 24 tournaments, 125 matches, 498 points (59 tries, 100 conversions, 1 penalty goal)

9. Justin Geduld - 51 tournaments, 265 matches, 1051 points (114 tries, 239 conversions, 1 penalty goal)

10. Dewald Human - 12 tournaments, 56 matches, 169 points (13 tries, 52 conversions)

11. Shaun Williams - four tournaments, 20 matches, 46 points (8 tries, 3 conversions)

12. Mfundo Ndhlovu - six tournaments, 28 matches, 35 points (7 tries)

13. Darren Adonis - three tournaments, 17 matches, 37 points (7 tries, 1 conversion)

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