We need to build experience and we'll get better as the season goes - Neil Powell
Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell says it is a matter of importance that he hands the next generation of Sevens players more game time so as to build more experience in the side. Powell was speaking after his side’s poor showing at the Las Vegas leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Powell emphasized the need to give more opportunities to the youngsters instead of being overly reliant on senior players. Even though the Blitzbokke were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Cup competition and are now languishing in fifth spot on the series log, Powell says he is pleased with the progression the team has made since the beginning of the season even though the results tell a different story. Powell admits that there are many areas that his team will need to improve on ahead of the Vancouver tournament next weekend but that he will need to find a balance between keeping the players fresh and getting training done this week. Zain Davids and Kurt-Lee Arendse have been called up to the team as replacements for the injured Ryan Oosthuizen and Mfundo Ndhlovu.