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Schoeman applauds effort of Sevens Academy

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    Posted: 08-Jan-2018 at 9:53am

The SA Rugby Sevens Academy showed great determination and character in Uruguay on Sunday to claim the Punta del Este tournament on the Sudamericarugby Sevens series, beating Ireland, France and Chile en route to the title, despite only having nine players available for the final.


"It was a great start to the year for us and the guys really had to dig deep for this one," SA Rugby Sevens Academy coach, Marius Schoeman said after they defeated Chile 21-5 in the final.


"We only had nine fit players left for the final match and given the fact that Chile beat us on Day One, it was a remarkable effort by the squad. They really stepped up today. Our wins over Ireland in the quarters (31-7) and France (24-14) was due to excellent play by the guys. We did not let ourselves down in the final either."


Schoeman feels the tournament ticked a number of boxes.


"It is a big year for Springbok Sevens in general, given the defence of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title, the Commonwealth Games and the Rugby Sevens World Cup, so the Academy's role of developing the next generation and to add depth will be pretty crucial. 


"The guys were out of their comfort zones, playing far away from home on a different continent and still managed to deliver. We had two players who completed school only a couple of weeks ago (Angelo Davids and Muller du Plessis) and another trying sevens for the first time (Rhyno Smith) and this was the ideal learning curve."


The team now travel to Vina del Mar in Chile, where the second of the Sudamericarugby Sevens tournaments will take place this weekend. The tournaments are part of the South American qualification process for the Rugby World Cup Sevens, to be played in San Francisco in July.


South Africa will face Brazil, Ireland and Paraguay in pool A of the Chile tournament.

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This shows why the SA 7's teams do so well. They are finding tournaments for up and coming and  7's players to compete in. We do not have that in the 15's code. SR is great, but what do we do for the fringe and up and coming young players during the mid year inbound tours and year end tours? These players do not get a chance to play at a slightly higher level. The last time we had this was when the English Saxons visited here.
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