Cape Town Stadium will be teeming with Blitzboks fans on Saturday and Sunday as the South African leg of the 2017/2018 World Rugby Sevens Series plays out.
The reigning champions are eager to reward their supporters with a commanding performance that leads to a tournament victory.
“When we entered the stadium I felt some nervous energy and remembered our performances from last year,” Blitzboks captain Philip Snyman said on Tuesday after joining the 15 other team captain on the roof of the stadium for a unique photo opportunity.
“We won five matches in a row thanks to some fantastic crowd support and then lost the final, the one that mattered, to England.
“That was much to the disappointment not only of ourselves, but the huge crowd as well. Although we are not looking back, those memories will make us more determined to go all the way.”
“We start every tournament at zero, as we do with this one. We are not putting any pressure on ourselves, in fact, we will be going out there to enjoy this one,” said the 48-tournament veteran.
“We have faith in our structures and we know they work if implemented correctly. If we can do that this weekend and have a smile on our faces, it will be a good tournament.”
South Africa began their title defence with a Cup victory at last week’s Dubai Sevens and they consequently arrived home with a three-point lead on losing finalists New Zealand.