Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu says there will be no easy games despite the favourable draw for the George Sevens.
South Africa have been grouped with Zimbabwe, Kenya and France in a tournament that will be staged from 11-12 December. This suggests an easy path to the play-offs, but Treu said his team will take nothing for granted.
‘The first two tournaments of the new season promises to be very tough because the teams are intent on making a strong start,’ he said. ‘Two of the teams in our group have shown recently that they are on the way up and there are no more easy matches nowadays.
‘The Kenyans were very good last season and Zimbabwe showed how dangerous they can be by beating Argentina in the recent Namibian Sevens.
‘All four of the pools for George will be hotly contested and an upset or two is very possible. We are there as defending champions, which would add some pressure, but if we can get the same level of support as last year, we can defend out title.’
Treu recently secured Cecil Afrika and MJ Mentz for the upcoming sevens season.