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Powell happy about depth after Rome win
June 23, 2014
Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell expressed his satisfaction following the successful defence by his team of the Roma Sevens tournament in Rome, Italy over the weekend.

The South Africans won the tournament in convincing fashion to retain the title they won as part of their 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens preparations last year.

Participation this time around was in anticipation of the Commonwealth Games in Scotland next month.

Powell took a squad with some fringe players and well as regulars on the HSBC Sevens World Series along, including senior playmaker, Cecil Afrika, who is on the comeback trail following injury.

“Cecil came through the tournament well and l am pleased that he is on track for the Commonwealth Games,” Powell said. “We managed his game time as he last played in Hong Kong in March, but I took confidence from his performance. The fringe players in the squad also showed up well. We had some decent opposition in the form of national teams such as Italy, Brazil and Georgia, so it was a good test for our players.”

The South Africans won all three pool matches on day one and kept on winning during the knock-out stages on day two.

The won the final 42-5 against 7 SIRS, an international invitational team, after beating Switzers Rugby 29-0 in the quarterfinal and Midi Olympique Froggies 24-7 in the semifinal.

“The idea was to test our depth, play against some quality teams and try some new elements in our game. It all worked out fine,” Powell said.

The team will now start preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

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Absa Under 19 Competition
Saturday, September 20 2014
10:45 - WP U19 vs EP Kings U19
City Park Stadium, Cape Town
11:00 - Leopards U19 vs Blue Bulls U19
Profert Olen Park, Potch
11:00 - SWD U19 vs Boland U19
Outeniqua Park, George
11:20 - Valke U19 vs Griffons U19
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
Absa Under 21 Competition
12:30 - Leopards U21 vs Blue Bulls U21
Profert Olen Park, Potch
12:30 - EP Kings U21 vs Griquas U21
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
12:45 - WP U21 vs Border U21
City Park Stadium, Cape Town
12:45 - Valke U21 vs Griffons U21
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
Absa Currie Cup First Division
13:00 - SWD Eagles vs Boland Cavaliers
Outeniqua Park, George
Absa Under 19 Competition
13:30 - Pumas U19 vs Limpopo BB U19
Kees Taljaard Stadium, Middelburg

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