While the men’s Sevens team lost out on yet another World Series title, the South African women’s Sevens team managed their first win since December last year. The two teams have had mixed fortunes, but at least SARU isn’t under any illusions over the investment needed to push the women’s team to the top.
They say the only way to get smarter is by playing the smarter opponent. But if you watched the Blitzboks take on Fiji at the London Sevens this weekend and compared it to their efforts in Scotland last weekend, you’d say that statement was completely untrue. The South African Sevens side fell short of yet another World Series title by losing 19-7 in the Cup Quarter final on Sunday.
Last weekend, South Africa was beaten by a faster, smarter, sharper and more powerful side, and seemingly didn’t learn any lessons from the defeat. They were, once again, too keen to lean towards the kicking game, an unforgivable approach in the shorter format and constantly attacking short side which on more than one occasion resulted in turning over possession and Fiji scoring.
The Fiji Sevens team have had a tremendous season and deserve buckets…
Source : Daily Maverick