Back-to-back World Sevens Series champions South Africa are not enjoying the best of starts to the 2018/19 season.
Currently in fourth place on the log after three tournaments, the Blitzboks have it all to do if they want to successfully defend their crown.
The hard work starts in Sydney this weekend during the Australia leg of the Series.
Drawn in the Pool D alongside Argentina, Australia and Tonga, South Africa kick off their road to recovery against Tonga at 1.50 am on Saturday, before facing Argentina at 7.18 am and then taking on the hosts at 11.23am.
Playmaker Justin Geduld believes this squad has what it takes to bounce back and hold on to their title.
Geduld explains: “We have been in situations like this before and we have responded.
“We are still a good team and the talent is there to deliver winning results.
“As soon as that jersey goes over your head, the desire to represent your country and to play for the guy next to you is there.”
Assistant coach Renfred Dazel feels the team has to do better to land that killer blow if they are to pose a threat.
He adds: “Putting teams away in the last two, three minutes is something we will have to do better.
“The previous squad did that and we need to improve on that.
“There is progress, as the players are improving and picking up experience and confidence.”