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CHEETAHS captain Jacques Leitao believes his charges have to take their South African camp seriously if they are to make an impact at the Hong Kong World Sevens Series core membership qualifier tournament at the end of the month.

Zimbabwe are set to leave the country this morning for a five-day training camp with the Blitzbokke and the old Georgians forward feels they have to take aantage of this opportunity.

Fifteen Zimbabwe players will be in Cape Town for the training camp where the final squad of 12 will travel directly to Hong Kong with the other three returning to their bases.

“It’s a very good opportunity for us and we are looking forward to training with the best in the game and I believe the environment is going to be good for us,” said Leitao.

“We are all happy to also go and witness their professional approach to their sessions because how we prepare for a game is important as well so this will be good for us to learn from them as well.

“It’s good mentally for us because the more we train at such a high level, the better for us because in Hong Kong we obviously have a job to do and I believe this year is the year for us to make it.”

After trying for the last couple of years and failing to get a prestigious place among the world’s top Sevens playing nations, Leitao feels this will be their year to succeed.

“It doesn’t matter who we are going to play because all the teams are aiming for one thing and that is winning the qualifier tournament to make it for the core membership,” said Leitao.

“We just have to win all our six games if we are to make it.

“We have been trying for a number of years now to be among the core teams and we have been failing where it matters the most.”

“We will leave for Cape Town on the 17th for camp with the South Africa Sevens side and we are getting help from South Africa Rugby Union in preparing for the Hong Kong qualifiers,” said Hondo.

Cheetahs Squad: Fortunate Chipendu, Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, Kudakwashe Chiwanza, Takudzwa Francisco, Stephan Hunduza, Graham Kaulback, Jacques Leitao, Kilvan Magunje, Shayne Makombe, Mkhulili Ndlela, Njabulo Ndlovu, Riaan O’Neill, Boyd Rouse, Lenience Tambwera, Biselele Tshamala, Tapiwa Tsomondo.

Coach: Daniel Hondo

Assistant: John Ewing

Manager: Steve Macdonald

Source : The Herald

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