CAPE TOWN – Is this it for the Blitzboks?
If you consider the fact that the 2018-19 World Sevens Series has reached the halfway mark in Las Vegas without the back-to-back series champions having played in a single final, you would have a very good reason to give a resounding yes.
The Blitzboks placed joint seventh at the weekend. Their latest disappointment hasn’t done anything to make that bleak picture any brighter.
Neil Powell’s team crashed out of Cup contention after the USA - who went on to win the tournament after bearing Samoa in the final - embarrassed the Las Vegas competition’s most successful team by scoring 29 points to the Blitzboks’ 10 in their quarter-final.
In the pool stages, they beat Japan 26-0 in their Nevada opener, but followed that solid result up with a five-all draw against circuit minnows Chile.