Although Impi Visser was the only debutant in Dubai‚ and there are none in Cape Town‚ the squad is still vastly inexperienced compared to previous seasons.
The other factor is that the Blitzboks are now the most prized scalp in sevens and every team lifts their game when they meet SA. That’s the honour and curse of being consistently brilliant for so long.
Neil Powell’s team just have to get used to playing with a huge target on their backs every time they take the field.
Cape Town is considered the best stop on tour as voted by players‚ and another sellout crowd of 108‚000 over the two days are expected.
SA have not won at home since the 2015-16 season and they will have to be at their best to win the title they prize most again.
With a pool containing the always dangerous Samoa and Dubai winners New Zealand‚ SA will have to be sharp and focused on day one.
The Blitzboks’ defence was unusually porous in Dubai and key playmaker Branco du Preez has urged his teammates to improve that aspect this weekend.
“We need to make better tackles‚” said Du Preez‚ one of the remaining old heads in team. He has scored 1175 points in 310 matches.