Springbok Sevens hardman Dylan Sage says the players will be focused on setting the right momentum from the outset at the Paris Sevens this weekend.
Over the past three years, the World Series has become a highly competitive scene, more so towards the final four legs of season. This was proven during the 2015-16 campaign when Kenya (Singapore), Samoa (Paris) and Scotland (London) lifted the Cup, while during the current schedule, Canada achieved their first-ever tournament triumph in Singapore in April.
Dylan Sage believes South Africa will need to focus on their systems should they want to avoid any slip-up this weekend.
“We enjoyed an easy trip from Cape Town to Heathrow to Paris, but we know there’s a lot of hard work ahead of us,” said Sage. “We lost to Samoa in the quarter-final in Paris last season, which was disappointing because we had a great run on day one. We just didn’t pitch for that first game on day two.
“However, we will learn from our mistakes. Falling short last year in Paris will motivate us to do much better this season.”
South Africa face Scotland in their first match this weekend. Sage believes no team can be underestimated at this stage of the season.
“Any team can show up on the day and be able to beat anyone. Kenya proved it in Singapore last year. Samoa showed their class in Paris last season. Scotland also beat us in the final in London,” said Sage.
“We are putting in the work during our preparations. We will study our opponents but most of our focus will be on the team’s systems. We need to stick to the game that we know. We still have some good momentum going into Paris after some great performances this season, and we want to continue that.
“We can’t overthink things or underestimate anyone. We need to ensure we’re in the right mental space for the first game against Scotland on Saturday.”