SA Rugby Sevens Academy to keep focus in Chile
January 12, 2018
The SA Rugby Sevens Academy will focus on their internal processes and to again improve as a team when they take to the field in Vina del Mar in Chile this weekend, in the second of two tournaments in the Sudamericarugby 7s series.

The team clinched gold in Uruguay in the first of the two tournaments in Punte del Este last weekend, but according to assistant coach Sandile Ngcobo, that feat was applauded and appreciated and then put out their minds when they arrived in Chile.

"We are very proud about the way we played last weekend, but this is a new tournament with new challenges, although most of the teams also played in Punta del Este. This one will be even tougher for us, as our opponents had a good look at our play and will be better prepared when they face us."

The South Africans will face Paraguay in their tournament opener on Saturday and then face Ireland and Brazil in their remaining pool A matches. They did beat Paraguay in pool play last weekend and also squeezed out Ireland in the Punta del Este quarterfinals.

“All the South American teams are trying to be the final team from their continent to qualify for the Rugby Sevens World Cup in the USA in July, so are playing with lot of passion and purpose. We can only look at ourselves though and do the same.”

The squad trained well since arriving in Vina del Mar.

“We had some injury setbacks with JC Pretorius and Impi Visser ruled out, but luckily Henk Cilliers joined us. He played for our SA Schools Sevens team last year and will give a good account of himself,” Ngcobo said.

17h45 Paraguay
20h00 Ireland
23h40 Brazil

FNB Varsity Cup
Monday, March 26 2018
16:45 - FNB Shimlas vs FNB CUT
Xerox Shimla Park
18:30 - FNB UJ vs FNB Ikeys
UJ Stadium
18:30 - FNB UP Tuks vs FNB Madibaz
Tuks Stadium
19:00 - FNB NWU vs FNB Maties
Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds
Castle Lager Incoming Series
Saturday, June 09 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs England
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Saturday, June 16 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs England
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
Saturday, June 23 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs England
Newlands Rugby Stadium, Cape Town
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, August 18 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban
Saturday, August 25 2018
00:00 - Argentina vs South Africa
To be confirmed
Saturday, September 08 2018
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

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