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Snyman: We Must Work As A Unit

  Series champions South Africa will be out to secure at least a Cup semi-final spot to keep their chances of retaining the series alive. During the captains’ launch at
24 Jan 2019 10:00
Snyman: We Must Work As A Unit
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s reps Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Waisea Nacuqu make a tackle against Canada during a warm-up game in Hamilton on January 22, 2019 . Photo: Suburbs Community.

 

Series champions South Africa will be out to secure at least a Cup semi-final spot to keep their chances of retaining the series alive.

During the captains’ launch at the iconic Turangawaewae Marae in Hamilton yesterday, South Africa 7s captain Philip Snyman admitted that they have not had the best of starts this season.

“I think the more our team play together and the more time they spend together the guys will gel,” he told World Rugby.

“After losing a couple of players we realised we can’t just pitch up for matches and we can’t rely on certain players to do the magic. We need to fire as a unit and to play together as a team. We have learned some valuable lessons.”

Snyman said there are some exciting youngsters coming through and they’re looking forward to the weekend.

Heading into Hamilton, USA sit top of the standings with 38 points for the first time and are closely followed by Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 champions New Zealand with 37 and Olympic gold medallists Fiji in third with 35.

 

MIKKELSON READY

New Zealand co-captain Tim Mikkelson said it’s good to be back training with the team especially in Hamilton, where he’s from. “To play in front of the home crowd is something I’m really looking forward to,” he added.

“The boys have played extremely well. In Dubai they had a lot of injuries and they didn’t complain about it, they just kept on moving forward and got the job done. “Watching them in Cape Town they did the same thing. It was pretty inspirational and it’s awesome to be back a part of it.

“We’ve got Japan first up and we really just want to start well in that first half. There is a lot of pressure playing here in front of our home fans, but we really want to do a good job at home and our families.”

 

Edited by Grace Narayan

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