Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell hailed his team’s fighting spirit and determination following their win at the Wellington Sevens on Sunday.
The 26-5 triumph over Fiji in the final was only the second tournament win since 2002, when South Africa won with Powell as a player in the squad.
“That was my first win as a Blitzbok and this is my first here as a coach, so it is pleasing, especially as we came so close last year. I will remember the win, but also because of the tremendous character showed by the team,” said Powell.
The guys very tested out there today, especially the match against Canada was a very physical one. We have set a standard for ourselves now and if we want to make the top four in every tournament, we will need to be consistent in all our phases of play.
“The guys are trusting the system and the system is looking after them and as long as that happens, we should do well.”