iPads to boost Blitzbokke?
Cape Town - South Africa's Sevens coach Paul Treu will use his Apple iPad to monitor the performance of his players during matches in the upcoming HSBC Sevens World Series, which starts this weekend.
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Die Burger newspaper reports that the Blitzbokke are the first side in the world to make use of "live" match analysis on iPads during games.
The team only uses Apple products and they recently acquired six brand new Mac Book computers to enable the players to do their match analysis together.
Treu apparently has a massive interest in the connection between successful business people and continued success in professional sports. This has prompted him to set up a number of sport specific and performance goals for the players, which get transferred into software in charts on the computers.
The team's manager, Sebastian Prim, will transfer figures and impressions into a computer during matches which will then become visible on Treu's iPad. Treu will then be able to determine next to the field if his players are reaching their specific goals. If they fail, the coach can give feedback at half-time and directly after the game, which will - according to Treu - improve the adaptability and learning of his players.
The Blitzbokke start their Sevens World Series challenge this weekend at the Gold Coast in Australia. The squad was announced on Wednesday.
The Springbok Sevens team for round 1 of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Australia:
1. Chris Dry
2. Kyle Brown (captain)
3. Frankie Horne
4. Boom Prinsloo
5. Chase Minnaar
6. Paul Delport
7. Renfred Dazel
8. Mark Richards
9. Steven Hunt
10. Bernado Botha
11. Robert Ebersohn
12. Cecil Afrika
The fixtures on day one (to be televised live on SuperSport, with SA times):
06h47: SA vs. USA
09h53: SA vs. Japan
13h36: SA vs. Australia