Springbok Sevens backline player Rosko Specman attributed the feat of being named Player of the Final at the HSBC Las Vegas Sevens early on Monday morning (SA time) to good team structures and the support of his Blitzbok teammates.
The Grahamstown-raised stepper scored a brilliant try in the final of the tournament, won 19-12 against Fiji, as well as having a hand in both other tries, scored by Cecil Afrika and Chris Dry respectively.
“It is very nice to be named Player of the Final and I am proud of it, but credit must go to our system and the other guys in the squad sticking to our structures,” said Specman.
“Coach Neil Powell always make us believe that our basic system will bring success and he was proved right again. Everyone is just doing his job out there and I am sure other players in the squad will also be given this trophy in the future.”
Specman added that it’s easy to play with a smile on his face because he is doing it with a “band of brothers”.
“Every player assists and gives everything he has for the team,” he said.
“Then my job becomes easy and fun. I even played on the wing at this tournament and that was as much fun as being a sweeper.”
Also, find audio notes of a number of Springbok Sevens players available for download:
- Coach Neil Powell on the importance of this win with the overall series in mind (Afrikaans and English)
- Captain Philip Snyman on the character showed by the squad in tough conditions (Afrikaans and English)
- Branco du Preez, who celebrated his 50th tournament appearance with a fourth tournament title in Las Vegas (Afrikaans and English)
- Siviwe Soyizwapi on being himself, rather than trying to play like Seabelo Senatla, the player he replaced in the team (English and Xhosa)
The Springbok Sevens will travel Canada later on Monday (USA time), where the HSBC Vancouver Sevens will take place on 11 and 12 February in the BC Stadium.
Issued by SA Rugby Communications