Springbok Sevens captain Phillip Snyman says his team-mates showed massive character during their Las Vegas Sevens triumph, but stressed that the squad will need to regroup ahead of the challenge in Vancouver.
The Springbok Sevens secured their third tournament title in a row, following Cup victories in Wellington and Sydney. They also secured gold in the World Series opening tournament in Dubai, while they finished second in Cape Town. This sees them enjoy a comfortable lead at the top of the World Series log.
Phillip Snyman said the Las Vegas Sevens victory was the toughest test of the season so far.
“I must admit, Las Vegas was the most difficult tournament to date. The guys played really well and showed a lot of character,” Snyman said from the team’s base. “The conditions were really tough as the wind blew more than 120 miles per hour (about 193km per hour). But you can’t fault the guys for their effort and credit must be given to the management for keeping the guys fresh.
“Having to come from behind during the play-offs proved that the guys had lots of composure. No one panicked as we stuck to our system. Sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce your way, but if you stick to your system, you will have opportunities to work your way in the right direction. The guys played well to seal the deal.”
The Springbok Sevens arrived in Vancouver on Tuesday morning (South African time), and Snyman stressed that the celebrations are now over as they focus on their challenge in Canada.
“We will celebrate the small victories, but as a group, we know we are working towards our main goal of finishing on top of the World Series standings. This week, we start all over and we need to prove ourselves again. We need to stay humble and keep our feet on the ground.
“We were very happy with our performances last week, so we will be aiming to build on that momentum in Vancouver.”
By Gareth Duncan