The Blitzboks dominated Dubai Sevens, clinching their fifth consecutive title with a commanding victory over Argentina and setting the stage for a triumphant SVNS campaign.
South Africa (04 December 2023) – In a dazzling display of skill and determination, the Springbok Sevens have set the tone for their 2024 HSBC SVNS campaign with a resounding victory in Dubai. The Blitzboks secured their triumph by defeating Argentina 12-7 in a thrilling final at the Emirates Dubai Sevens on Sunday.
The team, led by the new captain, Selvyn Davids, showcased exceptional teamwork and resilience throughout the tournament. The Blitzboks, who held a commanding 12-0 lead at halftime in the final, sealed their fifth consecutive title at the event. This triumph not only speaks volumes about the team’s prowess on the field but also underscores their commitment to excellence.
Assistant coach Philip Snyman, filling in for Head Coach Sandile Ngcobo, attributed the success to meticulous preparation. Snyman commended the entire squad for their dedication and extended appreciation to the absent Ngcobo for his role in the team’s preparation.
“Coach Sandile deserves a lot of credit for preparing the squad so well over the last couple of months. The rest of our management also deserve this win; everyone did more than was asked,” emphasized Snyman. He further praised the squad’s performance, highlighting their defensive prowess and willingness to support each other.
The victory in Dubai also showcased the healthy competition within the team, with newcomers Quewin Nortje and Katlego Letebele making significant contributions. Snyman acknowledged the positive impact of these additions, noting that the energetic newcomers, combined with the experience of seasoned players, form a winning formula.
Selvyn Davids, in his inaugural outing as captain, expressed gratitude for the fierce competition within the squad. “This is a tough team to get selected for, as there are a lot of good players back home that could have been here as well. We really push each other, and that is a good thing,” remarked Davids.
The scorching heat in Dubai played to the Blitzboks’ advantage, as they are accustomed to similar conditions during their training in Stellenbosch. Davids also credited the enthusiastic support from the Dubai crowd, making the team feel at home. The final against Argentina showcased the Blitzboks’ dominance, with first-half tries from Impi Visser and Shilton van Wyk securing the victory. Despite a spirited effort from Argentina in the second half, the Blitzboks’ solid defence and strategic play ensured their lead and eventual triumph.
As the team celebrates their success in Dubai, the focus now shifts to the upcoming HSBC Cape Town SVNS, where the Blitzboks aim to continue their winning streak and build on the positive momentum gained in the opening tournament. The resilient spirit, teamwork, and skill displayed by the Blitzboks in Dubai set the stage for what promises to be an exciting and successful SVNS campaign.