Cape Town – It’s all or nothing right from the start.
That is how Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell and his side are approaching the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, which kicks off on Friday.
The Blitzboks are drawn in Pool B alongside Malaysia, Tonga and Scotland for the tournament to be staged at the Coventry Stadium.
While the South Africans are leading the pack on the World Rugby Sevens Series standings with one tournament to go at the end of August in Los Angeles, they need no reminding that this is a very different challenge – it’s a once-off events that only comes around every four years.
“For us it will be a challenge, because you only get one opportunity as opposed to the World Series format, where you can rectify things the next weekend if things didn’t go well for you in a tournament,” said Powell.
“It’s all or nothing because there is no second chance (the following weekend).”
At the last Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, the reigning World Series champions missed out on a podium finish as they lost to England in the bronze play-off.
South Africa gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and claimed bronze medals at the 2002 and 2010 Games.