Blitzbok coach 'will not lose on purpose' to knock Fiji out
Neil Powell has dismissed claims that they will deliberately lose a Pool game this weekend.
CAPE TOWN - Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell has dismissed any notion that they will deliberately lose a Pool game at the London Sevens this weekend in order to meet and knockout series leaders Fiji in the Cup quarterfinals.
The Blitzboks are in Pool D with the USA, France and Portugal.
And should they finish as group runners-up, they will face Pool A winners in the Cup quarters, which will more than likely be Fiji.
The Blitzboks have to hope that Fiji don't make it to semifinals, while they will need to win in London in order to win the series.
Neil Powell's side dropped to second on the standings after failing to win the Glasgow leg this past weekend.
He told EWN Sport losing on purpose will be a silly thing to do.
"There is a lot of people that is of the opinion that you need to throw your game so you can face Fiji in the quarterfinals... I am not that type of person that will go into a game and lose a game because I want to get somebody else because it can turn around and bite you in the butt."
Powell says they definitely want to go through the Pool phase unbeaten.
"Our focus will be to beat every team we up against and we will definitely go into every single game playing our best to be the opposite team."