By Elliot Mathye
Preparations are in place at the Springboks camp ahead of their 2010/11 leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in New Zealand which kicks starts on Friday, January 5 and ends the following day.
Although arrangements are in order, pressure is mounting on the Springbok Sevens coach, Paul Treu who is planning a new approach in their build-up towards rivals, Wellington Sevens.
The Sevens coach has ruled out training routines this week amid the tournament since the start of the current World series which started In December last year. He has shortened training hours which are now much shorter than usual but more aggressive.
“I decided to change the tactics as I noticed that the players are keen to get onto the playing field, so the decision not to play warm-up matches in the week of a tournament seems to have a very positive effect” he asid.
Plate winners in Dubai and George, the experienced coach knows they have played well at times, but have twice failed to take their chances in the crucial Cup quarter-finals.
South Africa has scored only 42 tries this season and 17 of whom belong to Cecil Afrika, the leading try scorer in the Series. He sustained a jaw injury in George and will not be in action in Wellington and Las Vegas.
He added: “We were so close to winning against Fiji in Dubai and we were leading at half time against England in George, but failed in both attempts and now I think the players realize their potential to end a game with positive results”.
The Springboks have a date with Canada in their opening encounter. They will then face off with France and Fiji thereafter.