JOHANNESBURG: Blitzboks toughest player at training Werner Kok has expressed his happiness with the way training went thus far this week in San Francisco.
Kok says his side is more than ready for the tournament.
“We play either Ireland or Chile on Friday evening and after the way we trained so far, we will be ready when the tournament starts,” Kok said after the Blitzboks played a warm-up chukka against Argentina.
“It is always nice to have a proper warm-up against a quality team such as Argentina, as they test you in the areas that need improvement. We still have to make some tweaks, like our defence, but I think we will be ready.”
With Blitzboks has players that has experience of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and it is only their captain, Philip Snyman, has played in a Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament before.
For Kok, this means the weekend’s tournament at AT&T Park presents an exciting opportunity.
“I always wanted to play in this tournament, so I am pretty excited,” said Kok.
“The fact that the tournament will be played in San Francisco, another city none of us have not played in, adds to the excitement.
“But knowing that the rest of the team will be ready and keen to play as well, is no doubt the most pleasing of all.”
Kok also says the dust from the long travel from South Africa is gone: “We had a good session Monday and the match against Argentina on Tuesday was just what we needed to get into the right frame of mind and body.
“We are keen to go out there and express ourselves and to play for our country,” he said.