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Blitzboks aware of hungry Kenya 7s ahead of Paris 7s defence
By Raga House | Thu 30 May, 2019 16:59

The Blitzboks will be seeking to defend their Paris 7s title this Saturday when they take to the field but know they face a different challenge.

The South Africans produced a stellar performance in 2018 to win the Paris 7s title as well as take home the HSBC World Sevens Series.

With 33 points separating them and leaders Fiji, Blitzboks cannot defend the World title but can defend Paris 7s.

On their way to the title stands Australia, Wales and hungry Kenya 7s. As Blitzboks seek Paris 7s, Kenya 7s will be seeking to gain maximum points to avoid relegation and all that will start with group matches.

Captain Siviwe Soyizwapi told Sport 24 they “would like to finish the season well.

“It was an up and down season for us. We had a lot of new players coming in, which impacted on our consistency, but crucially we managed to achieve our goal of a top four finish.”

That means automatic qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, but before the Blitzboks can start celebrating that, they still have a title to defend.

Qualifying for Tokyo 2020 also meant Kenya 7s will not have to face them at Africa 7s in November.

Their epic win over England in last year's final in Paris is still seen as one of the great performances of the World Series and nothing would please Soyizwapi more if they can finish well again.

"We want to look back at our last tournament of the season as one we can proud of. We want to go out and do it for each other one more time,” he said.

The Blitzboks were given some homework by their coach, Neil Powell, this week. They had to analyse their performances in London and the captain said all benefitted from the exercise.

“It was part of the mental side of our preparation and added to the training sessions we had on the field. The three new guys came in nice and early, so we trained well with little disruptions," Soyizwapi said.

 South Africa will face Kenya 7s at 4.10pm on Saturday June 1 in pool B.

-Additional material derived from Sport 24 SA

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