Sevens Boks shift focus to World Cup

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The Springbok Sevens squad is turning its attention to the Sevens World Cup in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Dubai early next month. <?xml:namespace prefix="o"?>

It has not been a happy time for the Boks of late, being knocked out of the Wellington and San Diego legs earlier than they would have liked to.

After winning the circuit’s opening two tournaments in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Dubai and George at the end of last year, they have thus far failed to reproduce that form this year.

The Boks won the plate final in <city w:st="on">Wellington two weekends ago and lost to <country-region w:st="on">England</country-region> in the cup semi-final of the <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">San Diego tournament this past weekend.

<country-region w:st="on">South Africa</country-region> squandered a 12-0 lead against <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">England</country-region> to lose 22-19. <country-region w:st="on">England</country-region> went on to lose 19-14 against <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Argentina</country-region> in the final.

Coach Paul Treu could not hide his disappointment, saying the tournament was there for the taking.

“I felt we didn’t finish the job. We worked hard at times in the tournament and we led 12 – 0 against <country-region w:st="on">England</country-region> but we let them back in the game, same as in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Wellington.”

The Boks arrive in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">South Africa</country-region> on Wednesday and will have just under three weeks to prepare for the world cup.

Treu says captain Mzwandile Stick, who missed the <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">San Diego tournament, should be fit to lead the side again at the world cup which runs over the first weekend of March.