Boks’ team spirit

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January 31, 2017
Boks’ team spirit

PLOTTING: Boss Neil Powell

Individual brilliance often wins you trophies in the game of Sevens rugby.

But if that’s the case, no one gave the memo to the South African team.

The Blitzbokke, currently at the top of the World Series standings, ripped Fiji to pieces in the Wellington final on Sunday, ultimately winning the match 26-5.

Ruhan Nel, who came off the bench, was the leading try-scorer in that match, dotting down twice.

And while the 25-year-old understands his role is to play off the bench, to him it is as important a position as the guys starting the match.

Coach Neil Powell’s men head for Sydney this week, where they last won the Australian Sevens tournament back in 2009.

And Nel is confident that, if they continue to play as a unit, they will strike gold again.

He says: “It is always pretty tense when you come on as a sub, as you want to contribute.

“There was four minutes left when I came on and to score two tries was pretty special.

“I need to thank my teammates for that though, as they were the ones putting me in space and creating the opportunity to score. It was a great feeling.”

Of the strength in squad depth, he adds: “You don’t win tournaments like this with seven players only, we have to operate as a squad and I think we did that well. Everyone contributed when asked. We have a structure and if you stick to it, chances are good that you will be successful.”

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