Cape Town Sevens Series. World Rugby

A packed Cape Town Stadium for the Sevens Series in the city. Photo: SA Rugby website.

Blitzboks need to overturn unflattering Cape Town Sevens record

A senior member of the Blitzboks has revealed the squad’s collective frustration at the team’s poor results in front of their home fans in Cape Town.

Cape Town Sevens Series. World Rugby

A packed Cape Town Stadium for the Sevens Series in the city. Photo: SA Rugby website.

The Blitzboks have not been poor success rate at their home tournament since the event moved from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town in 2015.

The South African leg of the Sevens Series was brought to Cape Town in the 2015/16 season and to date there’s been six tournaments in the Mother City.

And only once have the Blitzboks been crowned champions there, winning the inaugural Cape Town Sevens in December 2015.

Last season, the Blitzboks exited the event after slumping to a shock 10-7 Cup semi-final defeat against Samoa, who went on to be crowned champions.

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With just over a month to go until the 2023 Cape Town Sevens, Ryan Oosthuizen has addressed the team’s continued woes in the Mother City, revealing they’ve had honest discussions and reflections about their core value system, a well-established recipe for Blitzbok success everywhere in the world except on home soil over many years.

“The Dubai crowd is full of South Africans and that helps, while the heat in the desert works in our favour, with us training in very hot conditions in Stellenbosch,” he said.

“Then we come to Cape Town, our only opportunity to play in front of our fans, family, and support base,” said Oosthuizen.

“We did win in Dubai last year, but we also need to deliver when we come home the next weekend.

“We have disappointed our fans, that is a fact, but believe me, we are really working hard to bring the smiles back onto their faces. That comes with winning and that is what we are determined to do.”

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2015/16 – Blitzboks beat Argentina 29-14 – Cape Town Stadium

2016/17 – England beat Blitzboks 19-17 – Cape Town Stadium

2017/18 – New Zealand beat Argentina 38-14 – Cape Town Stadium

2018/19 – Fiji beat USA 29-15 – Cape Town Stadium

2019/20 – New Zealand beat Blitzboks 7-5 – Cape Town Stadium

2021/22 – Samoa beat New Zealand 12-7 – Cape Town Stadium

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Ryan Oosthuizen of South Africa on the attack during Day 3 of the 2022 HSBC Cape Town Sevens held at Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town on 11 November 2022 Photo: Shaun Roy/BackpagePix