South Africa Sevens coach, Neil Powell, has tweaked his squad for the Australia leg to be played in Spotless Stadium this weekend, with JC Pretorius taking over from Kyle Brown in the forwards.
Brown was due to move past Frankie Horne as South Africa’s most experienced Blitzbok ever, as both have played 68 times in the World Series.
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Debuts and potential records aside, the coach had his mind pretty much focused on a better defensive effort from last weekend. Powell also wants more control when in possession.
“Conceding thirteen tries in one day I think it’s not good enough. I think in the past we conceded less than 13 in a tournament, so we always pride ourselves in defence, and just taking control of the games. I think at stages we did take control of the game in the second half against Samoa, but for us we need to take control from the very first minute and keep it from kick-off and keep it for 14 minutes.”