Bok Sevens looking to hit form in Adelaide

The successful defence of their title in this weekend’s IRB Sevens World Series tournament in Adelaide will put South Africa in a position where their closest rivals England will have to win both the remaining tournaments while the Springboks will be able to afford two semifinal exits to clinch the IRB Series title.


But that is not how Bok coach Paul Treu sees it. He would rather see they play to the standards they have set themselves and in which they let themselves down on in the recent World Cup in Dubai.


A tournament win will bring him close to one of his targets and ideals, but he is experienced enough not to look too far ahead. “This next week is so crucial for us in terms of keeping together as a team, believing in what we want to achieve,” he told the IRB.


“It will be wonderful for us if we can go out there and defend our title.


The (Adelaide) surface suits us as well but we’re not going to focus on winning tournaments, we just want to top our pool and then take it from there.”


South Africa start their defence in the only round played on Friday when they face the Cook islands.


Although the Islanders are not part of the core group, they competed with a fair amount of success in Wellington – and if there is a weakness in the South African side, it is their loss of focus from time to time.


On Saturday the Boks play Japan and Kenya – and Kenya last weekend (again!) beat New Zealand. It is indeed a game to be wary of.


Should they win Pool D, they will face the second-placed side in Pool C – probably the most difficult pool with World Champions Wales and defending World Series champions New Zealand vying with the ever-improving United States and giant-killers Tonga – also not a core member – for places in the quarterfinals.


It is likely the Springboks will face Wales – but then, the Boks could lose to Kenya and the Kiwis to Wales in one of many permutations to decide the opponents.


England will have to be at their best to win Pool A where they are grouped with the difficult Samoa and Australia – and don’t count out Portugal for an upset.


Group B’s Argentina or Fiji are likely to await England in the quarterfinals.


Friday’s round starts at 9am (SA time) with South Africa playing the Cook Islands at 9.52am.


On Saturday they play Japan at 5.57am and face Kenya at 9.40am, and the quarters on Sunday start at 4.36am.


Sapa Rugbyweek.com

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