Powell praises Blitzboks after Canada Sevens title victory

The Blitzboks claimed a dominant 38-5 victory over Kenya in the early hours of Monday morning, making them strong favourites for the second leg of the series in Edmonton, Canada from 25-26 September.

The Blitzboks beat Kenya in the final of the Canada Sevens tournament on 20 September 2021 to claim the title. Picture: @CanadaSevens/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Springbok Sevens coach Neill Powell was full of praise for his team after they claimed the Canada Sevens crown in the World Sevens Series' opening tournament this past weekend.

The Blitzboks claimed a dominant 38-5 victory over Kenya in the early hours of Monday morning, making them strong favourites for the second leg of the series in Edmonton, Canada from 25-26 September.

Powell was impressed with the team: "Good outing for us and a massive effort by the players. I think they’ve really done well and looked after the system and looked after the team and worked for each other and also for that jersey that they have on their back."

There were four debutants for South Africa in the tournament - Ronald Brown, Darren Adonis, Shaun Williams and Christie Grobbelaar – with Brown, Adonis and Grobbelaar amongst the try scorers in the final.

The build-up to the first leg went well and Powell said that it was good to see everyone fitting in: "You can see the commitment to the system and especially in the defence sessions that we had, how the guys were just working for each other.

"Obviously happy with the result, but really happy with the effort the guys put in and also how they implemented their roles and responsibilities to look after the system."

South Africa beat their final opponents Kenya in the pool stages, along with Mexico and Spain (who they met in the quarterfinals again). In the semifinal, they had to come from behind to beat Great Britain 26-17.

This tournament didn’t feature the likes of Australia, New Zealand or Fiji due to COVID-19 travelling restrictions and government bans stopping those nations from travelling.

The 2021 World Series will take place over just two rounds, with the second in Edmonton this coming weekend. Many of the normal favourites still won’t be involved, but it won’t make the task any easier for Powell and his team, who will look to go back-to-back in the series.

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