The Springbok Sevens have started their preparation for the International Rugby Board’s sevens circuit on a winning note when they won a warm-up tournament in Singapore at the weekend.
Die Burger reports that the South African side, who played as the SA Vipers, beat Fiji 10-5 in the final.
Coach Paul Treu said it was the ideal preparation for the first of the IRB’s Sevens tournaments, which starts in Dubai at the end of the month.
“We played three games on Saturday and another four on Sunday, and achieved our goal of winning all seven,” Treu said on Monday.
“An experienced player like Mzwandile Stick, who struggled with a shoulder injury and last played in Adelaide, is back in the group.
“Marius Schoeman has not been involved since Amsterdam and a guy like Mpho Mbiyozo last played in the tournament in Scotland. Paul Delport also has not been in the Sevens set-up for some time.
“It was important, therefore, for the players to get some game time.”
Treu said Fiji provided tough opposition and pushed his side to the limit in the final.
“The Fijians had five players in their team that won the Brisbane Sevens a few weeks ago,” said Treu. They also used the opportunity to give some of their emerging talent opportunitiesTweet