Booysen eyes top three finish at Safland Sevens

09 Nov 2017 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 09 NOV (NAMPA) - Jurie Booysen, the national rugby sevens coach, has expressed happiness with the squad selected to represent the country for the Safland Sevens Rugby tournament on Friday and Saturday in Swakopmund.
The third edition of the competition will see 10 teams: South Africa Select, Botswana, Namibia, Dukla-Czech Republic, Bulls (South Africa), Namibia Academy, Kenya, Tisan, Zambia, and Lesotho competing in the international teams section.
South Africa Select will be representing the Blitz Bokke, who have won every edition of the competition since its inception in 2015.
Booysen told this agency that he selected a squad that he believes will do the country proud when the step onto the field of play on Saturday.
“We have prepared well but we could have done better than what we did. The team is completely new but with the preparation we had, I am positive we will do well,” he said.
He added that his goal at this year’s competition is to finish in the top three.
“We competed in a Sevens tournament in South Africa recently and the boys now have an understanding of how things work. Despite us not winning anything at that competition, I was happy with the outcome, which I believe will make us achieve our goals to finishing in the top three this year,” said Booysen.
The coach stated that Kenya and the South Africa Select will be tough teams to beat, but his boys are up to the task.
“At the tournament we recently competed in South Africa, the Blitz team was also there and I know even though some players will be missing from the South Africa Select team, which is a mixture of their sevens team, they are still a strong team to compete with,” he said.
Kenya was not at that tournament in South Africa, but they have a strong team which can also beat anyone, said Booysen.