Inconsistency plagues South Africa’s bid for sevens glory


Inconsistency plaguing the South Africa Blitzboks at the World Rugby Sevens Series has left fans and team members alike frustrated, with their recent performance in Los Angeles marking a low point in their season.

The Blitzboks’ 11th place finish at the HSBC SVNS Los Angeles tournament came as a disappointment, reflecting a trend of underwhelming results in the 2024 season.

Springbok Sevens head coach Sandile Ngcobo didn’t mince words in acknowledging the team’s shortcomings, lamenting their inability to consistently deliver strong performances.

Despite flashes of brilliance, such as their 28-15 win over Canada, the Blitzboks have struggled to maintain momentum, particularly in crucial moments of matches.

Ngcobo pointed to issues with discipline in the tackle area and lapses in executing basic skills as contributing factors to their inconsistent form. He also highlighted the lack of depth in the squad, emphasizing the need for internal competition to drive improvement.

The frustration was palpable for Ngcobo, who expressed dismay at the team’s inability to capitalize on opportunities and maintain control throughout matches.

With only tournaments in Hong Kong and Singapore remaining, the Blitzboks find themselves in a precarious position, currently sitting in seventh place on the standings.

As they strive to retain core status in the series, the South Africa Sevens team faces an uphill battle to rectify their performance issues and regain the form that has eluded them thus far in the season.

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