The Blitzboks played in four finals since the iconic tournament became part of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 20 years ago, but are yet to finish top of the podium.
Soon after the squad arrived in Hong Kong following a 20-hour trip that started in Stellenbosch on Saturday, Dry said that the squad will not get ahead of themselves in the coming week, instead focusing on their preparations for the tournament.
“It is a three-day tournament starting on Friday, so it is a short turnaround for us, but we will be keeping things fairly simple to start with," the two time World Series gold medalist said.
"I am 13th player this time around, so my first task is not on the field, but rather off it. For now I will be doing my best to assist Siviwe (Soyizwapi) as captain and guide the younger players where needed. I will also make sure they are kept honest on the training pitch,” he smiled.
His advice for now is to treat Hong Kong as just another tournament, despite the hype and history of this event: “You get the same log points here than anywhere else, so from that perspective it is all the same.
“There is a lot of hype yes and for many this is one tournament you want to play, but we are not going to make this one bigger than the rest," Dry added.
Springbok Sevens assistant coach, Renfred Dazel, who played at the event a fistful of times and contested two finals, said the team will not change anything to their normal routine.
He has been around the block - and the globe - with the Blitzboks, and he arrived in Hong Kong for his 8th visit this weekend, so @chrisdry7 has some valuable advice ahead off the @cathaypacific @OfficialHK7s @CastleFreeSA @FNBSA @ASICS_ZA pic.twitter.com/dKHxFQNQJO— Springbok Sevens (@Blitzboks) April 1, 2019
“It has been a long haul to get here. We are slotting into our normal routine though and already had a gym session to flush out,” Dazel explained, agreeing with Dry that they are planning to “keep it simple”.
“We have a number of new guys, so we need to be careful not to overload them with information at this stage. We will get into our normal prep early and let the guys settle in before we fine-tune ahead of our first match on Friday.”
The Blitzboks’ first match on Friday is against Japan at 12h06 (SA time).