South Africa Sevens veteran Chris Dry said his team will attempt to block out the factors that make the Hong Kong Sevens a special event and keep things as simple as possible.
The Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is the most prestigious tournament on the HSBC World Sevens Series, a tournament every player wants to be a part and it puts a pressure on players to perform at their best.
And Dry, a player who has been to Hong Kong seven times, has advised his teammates to treat the the Hong Kong Sevens as any other tournament despite the hype and history.
“It is a three-day tournament starting on Friday, so it is a short turnaround for us, but we will be keeping things fairly simple to start with,” the two time World Series gold medallist said.
There are many reasons why rugby players like traveling to Hong Kong. The @cathaypacific @OfficialHK7s is after all a very special occasion but Blitzbok Sako Makata has his own unique take on the city. @CastleFreeSA @FNBSA @ASICS_ZA pic.twitter.com/Of558qXX4l
— Springbok Sevens (@Blitzboks) April 2, 2019
“There is a lot of hype yes and for many this is one tournament you want to play, but we are not going to make this one bigger than the rest.”
The Blitzboks received a favourable draw in the Hong Kong Sevens tournament as they are drawn against Samoa, Scotland and Japan in Pool A.
South Africa are fourth in the HSBC world series standings on 89 points, nine points ahead of England in fifth place and 12 points behind third place holders Fiji. The USA top the rankings on 113 points and the Blitzboks need a strong performance in Hong Kong to remain in the top four.
They will take heart from their inspiring performance at the Canada Sevens in March when they romped to the title – their first tournament victory of the 2018-19 world series.