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Neil Powell coach - Springbok Sevens

Neil Powell: Players gain from Singapore

Springbok Sevens head coach Neil Powell says his players will learn from the experience after a tough run at the Singapore Sevens.

The Springbok Sevens finished in sixth place overall, which was the first time the team failed to make a Cup final this season. However, the Blitzboks still managed to extend their lead at the top of the World Series standings, which sees them hold a 25-point advantage over Fiji and 27-point advantage over England on the log.

Head coach Neil Powell said this was one of the positives.

“It was a very tough tournament. It was difficult to raise the level of motivation after Hong Kong,” said Powell. “We saw this as Canada took advantage to win the tournament. We also saw this last year when Kenya won the tournament too. It’s disappointing for the guys, who put in a lot of effort out there over the weekend.

“A big positive is the fact that we extended our lead at the top of the standings. We also got to give guys like Zane Davids, Stedman Gans and Ryan Oosthuizen an opportunity against New Zealand.

“We now go back home, focus on what we did wrong and fix it going into the tournaments in Paris and London.”

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