GOING FOR GOLD: Blitzbok Justin Geduld

The Blitzbokke will enter the Rio Sevens tournament as one of the favourites to win Olympic Gold.

Having had a taste of what it’s like to perform at tournaments like this - winning gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, South Africans will be glued to their TV sets in anticipation of gold again.

But while they realise they have a job to do in Rio, playmaker Justin Geduld says the team will start afresh and whatever happened in the past, will stay there.

He tells the Daily Voice: “We have a saying [in the squad]: ‘Everything starts from scratch. We can’t go out and think we will play like we did in the past’.

“We don’t believe in all the ‘favourites’ talk and we have to go out and prove this on the pitch.”

Geduld along with other stars such as Cheslin Kolbe, Werner Kok, Seabelo Senatla and Kwagga Smith were some of the first guys at the Sevens Academy when it was announced that this form of the game will be played at the Olympic Games.

And while the dream is somewhat of a new one to Geduld, it’s one that has him extremely excited.

He explains: “It’s a new dream. When I was at school, rugby wasn’t part of the Olympic Games. The dream was always to be a Springbok in the 15-man code.

“We were part of the first group at the Academy, with the aim of going to the Olympics and now it’s time to go out and show what we can do.”

Seeded second in the tournament, with Fiji in first place, SA will look to hit the ground running when they square off against Spain in their first match on August 9, before coming up against France and Australia in Pool B.