The Blitzbokke jetted off to Rio yesterday where they will be looking to hit the ground running in search of Olympic gold.
Coach Neil Powell’s charges get their campaign underway against Spain on August 9.
And Powell says they will not go easy on the Spaniards.
He explains: “We are very excited to be part of the Olympic Games and finally travel to Rio.
“I must admit we are also a bit nervous. We know that in a once-off tournament like this, everyone is in with a chance to win it.
“If you are not 110 percent ready by the time the first match starts, then it can become a very tough tournament for you.
“This is an exciting challenge though and we have a great group of guys here to embrace that.”
He adds: “We need to get out of the blocks well against Spain in that first match and once that is done, France will be waiting.
“We always like to tick all the boxes before we leave home, but with our earlier departure we must adjust a bit of planning and will have to work hard once we are in Rio.
“We are in control of things on the field though and that is where the focus is. Perhaps leaving earlier is a blessing in disguise as the wet weather and muddy fields here [in South Africa] made the preparations a bit more difficult.”