Springbok Sevens scrumhalf Branco du Preez enjoyed a Cup victory during his 50th tournament appearance for his country at the Las Vegas Sevens last weekend.
The Springbok Sevens blitzed their way through the ranks as they beat all their opponents en route to their third tournament gold in a row, and their fourth triumph in five legs this season.
It was a special moment for Branco du Preez, who reached an individual milestone of 50 tournament appearances in Las Vegas. He said the team’s accomplishment was the cherry on top.
“It really was an awesome feeling. To represent my country in 50 tournaments and to win it in Las Vegas is something I will never forget. It’s a special memory,” Du Preez told MyPlayers.
Du Preez said this weekend’s journey was the toughest part of the Springbok Sevens’ season so far, especially with gusts of winds blowing at 190km/h.
“It was definitely the most challenging tournament. The conditions really tested us,” he explained. “We knew we had to keep ball in hand, and we took it from there. We can only score tries when we have possession, so we worked hard to put ourselves in good positions.”
Du Preez also credited the reserves for making a good impact off the bench.
“The guys who start each game have the responsibility of laying a good foundation for the team. The guys who come off the bench need to pick up the momentum and carry us home,” said Du Preez. “There were moments in the tournament where we were behind on the scoreboard, but the guys did very well to pick up the points and force the comeback.
“It creates good confidence for us going forward.”
By Gareth Duncan