Follow the Blitzboks: London Sevens LIVE scores

The Blitzboks have dramatically fallen off the pace in the World Sevens Series with the squad rocked by injury.

They will seek a revival this weekend as the World Rugby Sevens Series returns to Twickenham.

Bltzboks vs Argentina: 10:54 (SAST)

Blitzboks vs Ireland: 14:22

Bltzboks vs Kenya: 17:08

Stopping the Pumas

Blitzboks coach Neil Powell described the Springbok Sevens’ effort in Toulouse as “the worst performance at a tournament in my career”. Photo: SA Rugby website

The Pumas top the standings on the Sevens Series and are drawn alongside the Blitzboks.

Their star man Marcos Moneta was recently named  World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year.

“It was amazing. I never imagined that I would win that trophy,” Moneta told World Rugby.

“But it’s recognition for the work of the team, not of myself, for the incredible season that we’re having.

“All the tournaments prior, the Olympic bronze in Tokyo, that was the main reason I won that award. I’m grateful to the team and really happy.”  

Los Pumas Sevens moved two points clear of the Blitzboks at the top of the Series standings in Toulouse ahead of the London Sevens.

“It’s strange, it’s a new feeling,” Moneta said.  

“As Los Pumas Sevens, we’ve never been on top of the standings, it’s another responsibility but it feels really good. There have been three years of hard work for this moment to come.”

Argentina’s consistency has been the secret to their success thus far.

Ten tries and dazzling displays from Moneta inspired the Los Pumas Sevens to win their first Series gold medal since 2009 in Vancouver in April this year.

Argentina have medalled five times total in seven events this season, picking up one silver and three bronzes in addition to the gold, a record that is unmatched in this year’s Series.

“We always go tournament by tournament, mainly focusing on our system of attack or defence, or ourselves as a team,” Moneta explained.

“We have an objective of growing as a team, technically, physically, mentally. I think the consistency of all the tournaments, the medals, is because of that.”

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