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There were some technical issues to sort out, but Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, also needed to get into his Blitzboks’ heads this week in preparation for the Australian leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.The team has been drawn in Pool B in the Sydney Sevens, where they will face Argentina, France and Samoa at Parramatta’s Bankwest Stadium.The award-winning coach – who is the only person who has won the World Series as a player and as a coach – reminded his charges this week of their abilities and the significance of trusting in their systems following a disappointing 10th place finish last weekend in the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton.This result was their worst in years.“The most important thing was getting the confidence back up again,” Powell admitted.“The guys were hurt and even insecure following our showing in Hamilton.”Powell is highly respected and believes he has pulled the right strings with the squad, who won the opening tournament in Dubai and were losing finalists in Cape Town.“It was just re-aligning everyone so that every player trusts the system again,” said Powell. “The system has brought us much success in the past, so there is nothing wrong there. It was the execution and adherence to the roles within it which proved costly for us.“There were hard words to individuals, but restoring trust was the main thing and getting rid of the fear of failure.”He added: “There were technical issues, like not winning restarts, conceding kick-offs and skew line-out throws, which were small things that gave away possession to our opponents, and we then had to defend, which tires you out.”The Blitzboks were also found out by the new tournament format, which saw them being knocked out of Cup contention after just two pool games, and Powell is wary of falling in the same trap this weekend.“Each match is a knock-out game, so we needed to change the mindset even more,” Powell said. “We looked at the stats and analysed that earlier in the week, and now the focus is only on Argentina. It is almost like 15’s rugby where you have only one opponent and you prepare accordingly.“Argentina are pretty strong and they played well in New Zealand, so we need to make sure we are up for it. Individually we need to make sure we are at our best, and as a team, we need to trust the system, and it will look after us.”The Argentina clash kicks off at 03:41 (SA time) on Saturday.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
OKLAHOMA CITY — After coming back from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit, the game was right there for the Utah Jazz, who took a four-point lead in the final two minutes Tuesday night against Oklahoma City.Then Russell Westbrook happened.The triple-double machine scored 12 of his game-high 43 points in the final 2:05 of the game as he nearly singlehandedly willed the Thunder to a 109-106 victory at Chesapeake Energy Arena.The win was big for Thunder, who improved to 35-25 and pulled within two games of the Jazz, who fell to 37-23.“Obviously Russell made some exceptional plays coming down the stretch,” said OKC coach Billy Donovan. “We have a player in Russell that has a great internal belief in himself and he is always playing with a level of optimism . . . enthusiasm and a never-die attitude all the time.”“He played great, that’s who he is,” said Utah coach Quin Snyder. “He made the plays down the stretch. He does that.”The Jazz, who had won the first two games of their road trip, at Milwaukee and Washington, had made a gallant comeback after trailing by double-digit margins for most of the game. But Westbrook scored on five straight possessions for OKC, including a 3-pointer and a three-point play, to get the lead back for his team.Utah had chances in the final minute, but missed a pair of 3-point attempts and then turned the ball over with a couple of seconds left, only its seventh of the game after getting 24 two nights earlier in Washington.The key sequence came after the Jazz had called timeout with 5.7 seconds left down 108-106. Snyder called a play for Joe Johnson, who drove the baseline, only to make a poor pass trying to hit Gordon Hayward. The Thunder’s Jerami Grant made one of two free throws, but the Jazz couldn’t get off a possible game-tying three in the final 1.1 seconds.Snyder explained what the Jazz were trying to do after the timeout.“We had Joe and were going to play through the post with Joe. He’s been clutch for us. They switched (Steven) Adams out on him and he drove the ball, which was a good decision. He just happened to turn it over.”Johnson shouldered the blame for the final turnover, saying, “I just tried to get to the basket and I thought he was open, but he wasn’t. I could have probably tried to lay it up, but I saw him and I tried to make the right play.”Snyder said the game wasn’t lost on the final play and pointed out that the Jazz had two 3-point shots before that, by Hayward with 21 seconds left and by George Hill with 11 seconds left.“We had two wide-open threes, we just didn’t make them,” he said. “I don’t know that you could ask for more than that.”The game was probably lost in the first half when the Thunder shot lights out and the Jazz defense wasn’t as good as it was later in the game. OKC began the game by hitting an astounding 12 straight 3-point shots, including four each by Westbrook and recently-acquired Doug McDermott.Despite OKC’s 60 percent first-half shooting and 92.3 percent 3-point shooting (Westbrook finally broke the string with a miss with 32 seconds left), the Jazz trailed just 61-53 at the half.“Our defense wasn’t too good at the beginning of the game,” said Snyder. “Eventually our defense got a little better.”Either that or the Thunder finally cooled off down the stretch as they hit just 3 of 9 from long range in the second half and only 43.9 percent from the field.The Jazz trailed 94-81 with under eight minutes left, but behind the play of Rodney Hood and Hill, who finished with 18 and 15 points, respectively, the Jazz went on an 18-2 run to take a 99-96 lead with 2:13 left.Westbrook hit a 15-footer in the lane and then Hood made three free throws. Westbrook scored on a drive and layup and then Rudy Gobert scored in the lane. Next, Westbrook hit a pair of free throws before Johnson made a step-back three with 47 seconds left to make it 106-102. Those would be Utah’s final points.Westbrook then hit a 3-pointer from the left side and after Hayward’s miss, he drove for another layup and was fouled with 15.5 seconds left to give OKC the lead.Hayward finished with a team-high 19 points but went scoreless in the final quarter, missing all three of his shots. Rudy Gobert collected his 41st double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Johnson and Alec Burks each scored 13 off the bench.The Jazz will finally be back at home for the first time in two weeks with a game against Minnesota Wednesday night at Vivint Arena.