Powell admits to having moments of weakness during the season where he briefly considered making SOS calls to the likes of Senatla and Specman.
But despite having those thoughts‚ he never acted on them‚ rather knuckling down and believing in the conveyer belt of talent coming out of the SA Sevens Academy in Stellenbosch.
“I’ve stuck to my convictions but sometimes it has been difficult because you are human and feel the pressure‚” Powell admitted.
“It’s easy to shift your focus on to things that you think might make you successful instead of sticking to what has worked in the past.
“But Marius (Schoeman) and the coaches at the Academy deserve a lot of credit for giving the young players a good foundation so that they’re ready for the World Series.
“At times I thought about calling Seabelo‚ or a Dylan Sage or a Rosko Specman back. But then I remembered the bigger picture and stuck to the processes of the work we had put in earlier in the season.
“It’s important to have the right people around you so they can give you perspective. Marius and our sports psychologist Dr Jannie Botha have been great in letting me lean on them.”
With just two more tournaments of the campaign to go‚ the Blitzboks are 14 points clear of England in the battle for fourth place‚ and barring massive implosion‚ should be able to secure that automatic qualifying berth.