“Go Out There And Enjoy Yourself, And I Did Just That” – Ricardo Duarttee


The Emirates Dubai Sevens Trophy fitted nicely in Ricardo Duarttee's arms as he walked around the Springbok Sevens changeroom at the completion of the second round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. He was smiling, crying and shaking his head, taking in a remarkable debut for the Blitzboks.

Duarttee had a dream start in his Blitzboks career. He scored four tries, including a brace versus Samoa and kicked five conversions after he had to take over the kicking duties from the injured Dewald Human.

"I had free reign almost, coach Sandile told me to go out there and enjoy myself, but not to forget the basics. I did just that," Duarttee said as the realities of the win sank in for the squad who needed this win in a big way.

"There was no pressure because of what the coach told me. I know it’s going to become tougher from here on in, but I will also get better the more I play. I’m so thankful for this opportunity. Now Cape Town awaits,” Duarttee added with a huge smile.