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May 12, 2017
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CAUTIOUS: SA coach Neil Powell

Table-topping Blitzbokke hungry for gold in Paris.

The Blitzbokke will be hoping for some Paris romance this weekend as they bid for gold in the penultimate series of the World Sevens Series.

The Paris Sevens is the second-last stop on the series tour and Neil Powell and his manne will be looking for their fifth series title and their first since taking gold in Las Vegas.

Since then the Blitzbokke have come short in Vancouver, Hong Kong and Singapore however they still remain favourites for the tile as they only need 20 points from Paris and London to take the title.

Despite their strong standing atop the standings, the Blitzbokke remain cautious and will enter Paris with the mindset that they have to win every game.

Tim Agaba, who won a bronze medal with the Blitzbokke at the Rio Olympics, says: “We are very mindful of our own processes and systems and what the job at hand is.

“There is no sense in getting ahead of ourselves.

“We will be focusing on what we need to do, game for game and
tournament after tournament.

“We are treating all tournaments the same, getting backs to the basics and start from there. The results then tend to look after themselves.”

This weekend’s tournament will be only the third series for Agaba after an injury blighted season, but the forward does not think that he is under to prove himself and he adds that he is more looking forward to helping the team progress

The Ugandan-born ace adds: “There is no extra pressure on me to do something special.

“We have our way of thinking and playing and doing things, irrespective of the team on the field. I will try to contribute in a positive way”

With Agaba returning things are looking up for Powell and his manne after a number if injuries affected the span throughout the season.

As a result a number of youngsters were called up and that has turned out to be a blessing in disguise as players such as Ryan Oosthuizen and Stedman Gans have shown that they can be future stars of the sport.

Oosthuizen, who will be playing in his second series this weekend is especially grateful to coach Powell.

Oosthuizen says: “I am extremely grateful to coach Neil [Powell] for this opportunity. I am really excited and humbled to be part of the squad and just want to go out and do my part.”

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