Blitzboks hardman Werner Kok, who was voted Player of the Tournament at the Hong Kong Sevens, says the players have learned important lessons heading into the Singapore Sevens.
With a new-look squad, the Springbok Sevens continued their impressive form on the World Series stage as they played their way into the Cup final at the Hong Kong Sevens. Unfortunately, they suffered a defeat against Fiji, falling one step short of winning their first-ever tournament in Hong Kong.
Despite the loss, South Africa still lead the World Series log by 23 points ahead of Fiji and 32 points ahead of England, with only three rounds remaining in Singapore, Paris and London.
Werner Kok said the experience in Hong Kong will prepare the players well for this weekend’s action.
“We’re all disappointed we couldn’t pull it through in the final against Fiji. We could’ve done better as we didn’t play our best rugby. We will learn from this and play better next weekend,” said Kok. “You can’t fault the effort from the players. We played our hearts out… you could see it in previous games.
“We’ve had a very good run this season, but we can’t focus on the overall series just yet. We’re all focused on that first training session ahead of the Singapore Sevens.”
Kok was named Player of the Tournament at the Hong Kong Sevens, an award he dedicated to the team.
“Receiving the award is a great honour, but I have to give it to the whole team. I take my hat off to them after all the work we’ve put in over the weekend. This is something nice to share with all of them,” said Kok.