Springbok svens coach Neil Powell talks to his charges. Photo: SA Rugby
Springbok svens coach Neil Powell talks to his charges. Photo: SA Rugby
Selvyn Davids was one of the break out stars in Hong Kong, while the senior players were on duty at the Commonwealth Games. Photo: EPA/RAUL ZAMORA
Selvyn Davids was one of the break out stars in Hong Kong, while the senior players were on duty at the Commonwealth Games. Photo: EPA/RAUL ZAMORA
Zain Davids could cement a place in the Blitzboks starting line-up in Singapore. Photo: John Cowpland/www.photosport.nz
Zain Davids could cement a place in the Blitzboks starting line-up in Singapore. Photo: John Cowpland/www.photosport.nz

DURBAN - The eighth tournament of the Sevens World Series takes place in Singapore soon and after that there are only two rounds left - London and Paris.

The Blitzboks, from the first tournament back in Dubai, have been leading the series with their gutsy and polished performances.

They do however have some competition from teams who are starting to make a late charge.

Fiji lie in second place, with 123 points, three behind South Africa, who are out to stay ahead of Fiji and make it back-to-back series wins.

They will be attempting to do so with Singapore looming and they will be relying on a few fresh faces who managed to impress in the tournament in Hong Kong. 

Owing to the Commonwealth Games overlapping with the Sevens World Series, a split squad that went to the Games, and Hong Kong.

The household names were tasked with bringing back a medal for SA at the Gold Coast, but failed to do so.

In Hong Kong emerging stars like Zain Davids, Muller du Plessis and Selvyn Davids, snapped up bronze for the Blitzboks, all the while letting the public know that there is life after Cecil Afrika, Werner Kok and Kyle Brown.

A number of these next generation Blitzboks have rightly been rewarded and will feature in the squad that travels to Singapore this week.

The pressure will be on the youngsters who are looking to cement their place in the team as all the nations that were at the Commonwealth Games are now back to full strength, including Fiji and New Zealand.

The Blitzboks have managed back-to-back bronze-medal placings in Hong Kong and Vancouver, while it has Fiji won the gold.

This late charge by the islanders is what has put them in contention to pip the Blitzboks to the post should SA stumble at the last few hurdles. 

The South Africans have only won gold on one occasion this year - the opening leg in Dubai, but they have also medalled at every tournament bar the Las Vegas Sevens.

They play Samoa, Canada and Argentina in Pool C on Saturday.

Blitzboks team: Heino Bezuidenhout, Ryan Oosthuizen, Kyle Brown (captain), Zain Davids, Dylan Sage, Rosko Specman, Selvyn Davids, Cecil Afrika, Werner Kok, Stedman Gans, Muller du Plessis, Siviwe Soyizwapi, James Murphy (travelling reserve).

The Mercury

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