CUPPING AAN: SA ace Philip Snyman

Cape rugby fans will be the blitz that starts the fire for the Blitzbokke in the Mother City this weekend.

According to South Africa Sevens captain Philip Snyman, they want nothing more than to give fans the home title at the Cape Town Stadium this weekend.

Last season’s tournament ended in heartache for coach Neil Powell’s team when they lost to England in the final.

Snyman, though, says they will go all out to avoid a repeat of that hartseer.

He explains: “When we entered the stadium [on Tuesday] I felt some nervous energy and remembered our performances from last year.

“We won five matches in a row thanks to some fantastic crowd support and then lost the final, the one that mattered, to England.

“That was much to the disappointment not only of ourselves, but the huge crowd as well.

“Although we are not looking back, those memories will make us more determined to go all the way.”

After winning the first leg of the Sevens Series in Dubai, the Blitzboks are currently in a class of their own.

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With that comes added pressure, but Snyman believes his team can handle it.

He adds: “We start every tournament at zero, as we do with this one.

“We are not putting any pressure on ourselves, in fact, we will be going out there to enjoy this one.

“We have faith in our structures and we know they work if implemented correctly.

“If we can do that this weekend and have a smile on our faces, it will be a good tournament.”

SA kick off their tournament against Russia on Saturday at 12.49pm, before facing France at 4.10pm and then ending the group stage against Kenya at 7.56pm.

The Blitzbokke won the inaugural Cape Town Sevens event in 2015, beating Argentina 29-14 in the final.

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