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'Clinical' Blitzboks hope to carry on Dubai Sevens success: 'There's always room for improvement'

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Blitzboks win 2021 Dubai Sevens (Gallo Images)
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  • The Blitzboks were delighted with their Dubai Sevens triumph on Sunday but insisted that there is still room for improvement.
  • Neil Powell's charges clinched three consecutive World Rugby Sevens series titles this season in Dubai.
  • Powell and Blitzboks skipper Siviwe Soyizwapi hopes that the side can carry on the momentum for next week's tournament, which will be played once again in Dubai.


Blitzboks coach Neil Powell applauded his side for their clinical performance in the Dubai Sevens final as South Africa defeated the United States of America to win the title on Saturday.

The Springbok Sevens won their third straight World Rugby Sevens Series tournament, beating the USA 42-7 at the Sevens Stadium. 

It was South Africa's fourth Dubai final appearance in the past five years and their win on Saturday sealed a record tally of eight Dubai Sevens titles. 

Powell praised his team for delivering improved performances when it mattered on the second day.

"I'm obviously very happy with today's performances, especially after our discussion last night when we said we had to work better in our system," said Powell.

"We wanted to look after the ball and to be better in defence and attack. Today we were clinical and it was an amazing performance by the team to beat such a strong USA team.

"We will obviously do a review of our performance and see in which areas we can improve. There's always room for improvement and we will be hard on ourselves to make sure we are mentally and physically ready for next weekend."

The Blitzboks had been plagued with injury after losing the experienced duo of Ryan Oosthuizen and Muller du Plessis as the side had to make do with only 11 fit players for much of the two-day tournament.

Blitzboks skipper Siviwe Soyizwapi was delighted to see his side peak at the right time.

"I am really proud of the guys and the effort," said Soyizwapi, who scored seven tries in the tournament.

"We took a while to get into our stride, on defence and attack, and we showed glimpses of how we wanted to play yesterday. So, I'm really glad we could peak at the right time in the final.

"We are blessed with some great playmakers and we have a really good balance, however, there is always room for improvement. Even though the final (performance) looked so crisp, there were some defensive lapses and we let in a try.

"So, we will come back next weekend and hope to carry that (momentum) over to the next tournament."

The Blitzboks, who lead the current standings, have now won 18 consecutive World Series matches - improving their previous best run of the 2008/09 season by two wins.

Soyizwapi added although the team played far away from home, they felt the South African support all the way in Dubai.

"This week, we couldn't have any fans in the stadium and I know they would have loved to be here," he said.

"But to everyone who watched us on television and getting up early to see us play, it's really appreciated and we felt (the support) all the time over here."

In his third World Series tournament, Ronald Brown scored a hat-trick in the final to get the Blitzboks over the line.

Brown, who was one of a number of standout players for the Blitzboks, praised the team's hard work throughout the weekend.

"Although we had the momentum, the hard work never stops," said Brown, who was named the Player of the Final.

"It is obviously special for me so be scoring some tries and my journey just reminded me how grateful I should be to be able to play after an absence of two years."

The next tournament for both men and women's teams is in Dubai once again from 3-4 December.

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