Cheetahs prepare for the future

National Sevens Rugby side manager, Bruce Hobson, believes that participation in the ongoing 2011/12 series will prepare the Cheetahs for two upcoming major tournaments.

Their next encounter will be in Hong Kong at the final leg of the International Rugby Board World Sevens Series next year.

“We have our map set out for the Olympics in 2016 working back to 2013 with the Rugby World Cup Sevens and hopefully being able to be a core team at some stage,” said the team official.

The team has, in the last fortnight, participated in the Dubai and Port Elizabeth series. Despite some poor results at both events, Hobson said participation alone was key.

They lost to Portugal (24-12), Fiji (42-17), Wales (42-7) and the United States (26-0). They only managed a 19-12 victory over Kenya.

“All of these things are at the back of our mind now and we are aiming high and working towards the future,” he said.

Meanwhile, New Zealand won the South African leg of the tournament, following a 31-26 victory over the hosts in Port Elizabeth. In the Final Plate, Wales thrashed Fiji 48-0, while Scotland beat Canada 22-19 in the Final Bowl.

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