Powell disappointed with Blitzbokke

The South African Sevens coach says finishing second in their pool is unacceptable.

Blitzbokke star player Branco du Preez. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Sevens team finished second in Pool A at the end of Day One of the Wellington leg of the IRB World Sevens Series.

The Blitzbokke lost their final match of the day 19-5 to England, having claimed wins earlier in the day over Wales (26-0) and Portugal (27-5).

The team will play Australia in the quarterfinals on Saturday morning.

Coach Neil Powell says winning two out of three matches is not acceptable for his team.

"If we want to be the best team in the world, we need to beat everyone that comes in front of us. Unfortunately, we weren't up to the task today, but we're still in with a chance up against Australia tomorrow in the quarterfinals."

He says after a disappointing first day, the Blitzbokke can't afford to play poorly again as the competition enters the knockout phase.

"It's very disappointing for us. We always say that we want to tick all the boxes and one of the boxes on Day One is to top our Pool and we couldn't tick that box today. I think as a team, we didn't perform as we would have liked.

"The great thing about this game is that tomorrow, we have another chance. We're still in the quarterfinals and hopefully, we'll pitch up tomorrow and do better than today."

Powell says Australia will be a formidable opponent.

"They always play well here in Wellington and they have a lot of support. It's going to be a tough one. We'll go home and have a look at them tonight and then we'll come out tomorrow and give our all out on the field."

Kick-off is at 4:15am.