CAPE TOWN - Paul Deport, coach of the South African Sevens team that will play in the Oktoberfest 7s in Germany this weekend, says he’s excited to see some of the newer recruits push for a place in the Blitzboks squad.
The SA team will do battle against Portugal, Spain and France on day one, and the side, captained by Springbok Sevens player Dylan Sage, features seven capped Blitzboks mixed up with some exciting talent.
Marco Labuschagne, Zain Davids, Selyn Davids, Dewald Human and Ryan Oosthuizen all made their debut for the Blitzboks during the 2016-17 World Rugby Sevens Series - which the South Africans won - and Sage and Siviwe Soyizwapi will add some valuable experience in Munich.
“We have some talented individuals that have a great chance to make a name for themselves. I am pretty keen to see them in action,” Delport said.
Delport also said that they have settled in well since arrival in Germany on Monday, and the former Blitzbok was confident in the work they’ve put in for the event.
“It is early for us, as we have not played for a while leading up to the Oktoberfest 7s,” said Delport. “We had some solid build-up work in Stellenbosch though, travelled well and are well looked after here. We now need to go and do the work on the field.
“Things are going well and the guys are all on the same page. All the players are comfortable and confident with their role in that system and what they need to do to make the system work.”
Delport also said that they are expecting a challenge at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, but added that the team is excited to get going.
“We have a tough pool in playing those European teams, but the guys are all looking forward to playing them,” said Delport.
“We have done our analysis and we know how we want to play against each of them. The guys are really keen to get out there on the pitch and do what they do best. The weather is great, the sun is out and the guys are enjoying the beauty of Munich. Now we just want to go and play.”
SA will play Portugal at 3.01pm, Spain at 5.53pm and France at 8.45pm on Friday.