Treu bitterly disappointed
Cape Town - Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu could not hide his disappointment with his team’s very indifferent season.
A Matt Turner try seconds after the final hooter gave England a dramatic 19-17 victory
over South Africa in their Plate semi-final clash of the London Sevens at Twickenham on Sunday afternoon.
South Africa got their day off to a disappointing start when arch rivals New Zealand outplayed them 36-0 in the first of the four Cup quarter-finals. The Kiwis never allowed the South Africans any sort of possession and pinned the Blitzbokke for much of the match in their own half.
The victory also allowed New Zealand to clinch their tenth World Series title.
“After a disappointing performance against New Zealand we played much better against England and were unlucky not to win," said Treu.
“I realise our overall performances this year were not good enough and it was disappointing for our many fans in South Africa and also those who follow us abroad across the World Series.
“We lost several key players and introduced a number of new ones. Some of them found the pace and intensity difficult to handle while others showed that, with a couple more chances, they can establish themselves in this demanding arena.
“The squad will now take a break and when we re-assemble we will start from scratch. We will have an honest assessment and then start on preparations to get us ready for hopefully a much more successful new campaign next season."
Meanwhile, the South Africa women’s team
finished in seventh place in the Women’s Challenge in London after losing their Cup semi-final 17-0 against England and going down in their Plate semi-final by 19-14 against Russia. They then finished the tournament on a positive note with a 14-7 win over France.
They now travel to Amsterdam for another outing next weekend.