Ross Roche
Senior sports writer
3 minute read
27 Jul 2022
11:49 am

Time for Blitzboks to strike gold at major event

Ross Roche

While the SA Sevens team have been among the best in the world for a long time they have perhaps under-performed on the biggest stages.

Blitzboks coach Neil Powell chats to his players at halftime of a match in the London Sevens earlier this year. Picture: Juan Jose Gasparini/Gallo Images

The Blitzboks will be gunning to play at their true potential when they battle it out in the Commonwealth Games this weekend and then host the Sevens World Cup on home soil in September, in coach Neil Powell’s swansong. Despite having enjoyed success on the World Sevens Series where they have won four titles, including three in the past five years, while also finishing as runner-up eight times including in 2019-20, they have not enjoyed as much success in major tournaments. Taking the Sevens World Cup, which has been held seven times since 1993, the Olympic Sevens, which has been...