Div's choices spot on - Treu

2011-09-15 22:14

Cape Town - Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu believes the Boks picked precisely the right team to take on Fiji in their second Word Cup clash.

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The Fijians are renowned for their running capabilities and thrive in a loose and unstructured environment. Therefore, it is vital that the Boks stick to their more structured game plan.

And Treu believes Bok coach Peter de Villiers made the right selections for the game plan they need to employ against the islanders.

"I think the Springbok team picked for this game is spot on. We don't want the game to be played beyond the outside centre, because between our forward pack and a physical inside centre like Frans Steyn, the Fijians won't be able to do what they want," Treu told Die Burger newspaper.

"They even struggled against Namibia in the tight phases. They enjoy space and are capable of scoring tries within two phases.

"If we put them under pressure in the tight phases and in the first channel in the backline, their attacking structures will disintegrate. Once the Fijians get frustrated, their discipline lets them down and that's why Morné Steyn's boot could play such a big role in the match."

He also reiterated that the Boks' strong points could be utilised to exploit the Fijian weaknesses. They are poor at scrum time, lineouts, kickoffs and under the high ball - all areas where the Boks excelled in against the Welsh. "That's where we could determine the tempo of the game and make it much slower than what they would like."

De Villiers has come under fire in some quarters for not giving dangerous attackers like Gio Aplon and Juan de Jongh a chance. But Treu believes it was the right decision not to start with them against Fiji.

"Gio Aplon and Juan de Jongh will provide the X-factor against more structured teams. You shouldn't try and beat a team with the same kind of game that it employs. Therefore, against Fiji, you pick a guy like Frans Steyn to dominate them physically," said Treu.


South Africa:

15 Pat Lambie, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Fourie Du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Danie Rossouw 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie Du Plessis, 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Gurthro Steenkamp

Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis 17 Tendai Mtawarira 18 Johann Muller 19 Willem Alberts 20 Fancois Hougaard 21 Ruan Pienaar 22 Juan de Jongh

15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Vereniki Goneva, 13 Gaby Lovobalavu, 12 Seremaia Bai, 11 Naipolioni Nalaga, 10 Waisea Sedre Luveniyali, 9 Nemia Kenatale, 8 Sakiusa Matadigo, 7 Akapusi Qera, 6 Dominiko Maiwiriwiri Waqaniburotu, 5 Wame Lewaravu, 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Deacon Manu (captain), 2 Sunia Koto, 1 Campese Ma'afu

Substitutes: 16 Telemaitoga Dautu Tuapati, 17 Waisea Nailago, 18 Netani Edward Talei, 19 Sisa Koyamaibole, 20 Vitori Tomu Buatava, 21 Nicky Little, 22 Gaby Lovobalavu


  • Bruce Dundee - 2011-09-15 22:28

    I would've picked Juan de Jongh ahead of Francois Steyn. There is nothing wrong with his defensive capabillities. Then I would've have left Steyn at fullback. Lambie is going to struggle against a big Fijian running at him. Go the underdog! Go Fiji!

      GraemeBB - 2011-09-15 22:45

      Lambie's defense is rock solid. I aint worried.

      Vusi9 - 2011-09-15 22:52

      Don't you have a sheep to see to?

      Bruce Dundee - 2011-09-15 22:57

      Vusi, not many sheeps in suburban South Africa. In your township maybe.

      Mr Bee Hind - 2011-09-15 22:59

      haha - what a looser - sour grapes with a chip on ITS shoulder

      Vusi9 - 2011-09-15 23:06

      No Bruce, there aren't any Aussies in my township.

      Bruce Dundee - 2011-09-15 23:17

      Mr Bee Hind, was your comment directed at me? In other words if you support the underdog then you are a loser? Sour about what exactly?

      Bambie - 2011-09-15 23:41

      I do agree with what his name... We are spot on...but hold... aren't what his name the 7's a side coach??? Damn what about the 8 players???

      Ruck'n Punt - 2011-09-16 02:32

      Hey Bruce, why are you pretending to be an Ocker when you're not, your past posts are a dead set give away that you're not and any ANZAC that reads your responses would know. I wont tell you what gives it away but it sticks out like dogs balls to us antipodeans, not getting enough attention at home? Anyway, As a general indicator regarding the score against Fiji.....7 weeks ago the All Black B team beat Fiji 60-14 (46 point diff) so hopefully for the Boks sake the Boks should win comfortably. Regardless of the score it should be a gem of a game and what style/tactics are used by both teams.

      Bruce Dundee - 2011-09-16 03:21

      Ruck, who was I before? This should be good.

      Vusi9 - 2011-09-16 03:29

      @Bruce, surely a real Aussie would not say sheeps? Is English not suppose to be your first language? Or are you just stupid?

      Bruce Dundee - 2011-09-16 03:32

      Spelling error numbnut, you've never made one before?

      Vusi9 - 2011-09-16 03:45

      "you've never made one before?" is a statement, not a question Bruce. Are you stating that I have never made a spelling error before, or are you asking me if I have? If it is the latter it should read: have you never made one before?

      Ruck'n Punt - 2011-09-16 03:52

      @Bruce, I'd rather talk the way, what city/town in OZ are you from?

      Bruce Dundee - 2011-09-16 03:59

      Vuzi, it's a question. Newcastle, outside of Sydney.

      Ruck'n Punt - 2011-09-16 04:04

      Outside Sydney? You mean about 300 km's north of Sydney? yeah right

      Bruce Dundee - 2011-09-16 04:10

      About 150km halfcast. What's your point? It might feel like 300km in your car.

      Bruce Dundee - 2011-09-16 05:50

      And the bloke dissapeared into thin air.

      TrueSaffa - 2011-09-16 06:02

      he had better things to do than argue with an idiot....

      Bruce Dundee - 2011-09-16 07:04

      TrueSaffa, I made a comment about team selection, without insulting anyone. Then your friend started with his crap. He ignorently guessed as to where I come from and when I corrected him, he dissapeared. It's got nothing to do with arguing with an idiot. Mind you, this is where I get out.

      robadog - 2011-09-16 07:37

      Hey bruce go take a dump

      roboman1 - 2011-09-16 07:37

      Juan would have struggled on defence against these guys, and Lambie proved he is a good tackler when he played New Zealand, so you will see this weekend.

      Oom Filimon - 2011-09-16 07:49

      Dundee - go your mama!!

      Bruce Dundee - 2011-09-16 08:04

      Some of your guys' parents must be mighty proud.

      pants - 2011-09-16 08:20

      The crims to loose to Ireland.... go the underdog

      Henk - 2011-09-16 08:31

      Ag Bruce, you clearly dont know how hard Patric Lambie can tackle. He is one of the best defenders in SA. Maybe you should start watching some rugby. Frans Steyn is perfect for centre against Fiji. Where do you come from? Flippet!

      The Pro - 2011-09-16 09:54

      Bruce cannot spell,nor string together too many coherent English sentences. Bruce also has a rather limited rugby knowledge as well. The Fijian's are big however nowhere nearly as physical as say a Samoan and should the game plan be stuck to and work there will be no fijians running at the fullback although he is a solid defender and the only channel we should really worry about is flyhalf. Go and Brush up on your rugby before you trash talk you numbnut. Plus sheep are not in TOWNSHIPS as you so eloquently put but in rural south african and on farms. You're clearly a tosser expat who now thinks he is an Aussie however you are still the lowlife scum from Parys who's uncle where's yellow crocs with black PT pants?

      chris24ZA - 2011-09-16 09:58

      in 1872 the Aussies invented the condom, using the sheeps bladder. However in 1873, the English somewhat refined the idea by taking the bladder out of the sheep.

      kurtvs - 2011-09-16 11:53

      You are so right but again SA rugby and their agenda´s. De Jongh even performed better than Jean during super rugby.

      tommo - 2011-09-16 12:17

      Haha, Bruce is a big aussie douchebag...

      OZNOB - 2011-09-17 11:44

      who's socks are you smoking anyway having just watched the game fiji gave a good account of themselves though the bokke had control of the game for just about the whole game

  • slg - 2011-09-15 22:38

    This is what we've come to: celebrating team selections for Fiji. We should be playing our B-team against them, with our A-team humming along nicely. Well done SARU. Well done ANC.

      Bootman - 2011-09-15 22:53

      I agree slg. Just like the Allblacks played their B team against Tonga and Australia played their B team against Italy.........moron.

      Mr Bee Hind - 2011-09-15 23:03

      Wake up dude - if you haven't noticed all the smaller rugby nations have got better. Gone are the days of a free lunch...

      slg - 2011-09-16 00:39

      How much lower do you guys want to go. We pretty much lost against Wales and managed to scramble a win at home against the NZ B-team.

      StangV2_0 - 2011-09-17 06:09

      U obviosuly know nothing about Rugby..

  • AndrewG - 2011-09-15 22:49

    Besides the inclusion of Smit and Spies, this must be pretty close to the best team available. The inclusion of Spies is a mystery; if you are playing a tight, defensive game plan then Alberts is a much strong defender and much more effective in the tight phases. Bismarck would also thrive in a match like this, but I guess with Matfield out, there aren't too many likely captains left if Smit didn't start.

      Lionel - 2011-09-16 07:24

      Fourie du Preez is also far from his best. Should have played Francios Hougaard at scrum half.

      AndrewG - 2011-09-16 08:33

      Agreed Lionel, or on the wing. He's playing some good rugby right now

      Lance - 2011-09-16 10:02

      I think Spies is starting before Alberts due to his athleticism, Alberts is slower but might be used to grind out a try in the end. First catching the Fijians is the goal, landing a good tackle is secondary it seems.

  • burtfred - 2011-09-15 22:51

    Paul Treu is a superb, world championship - winning sevens coach. He knows what he is talking about when it comes to running rugby and motivating athletes. Mr Rob Jones, your stupid comment about his race is not welcome.

  • Samurai Demo - 2011-09-15 22:51


      RandomDude - 2011-09-16 00:32

      Over NZ yes !

  • Clark Kent - 2011-09-16 01:11

    Good to see a coloured player supporting Div wonder why. Can I see a reward for him at the end of the rainbow?

  • Clark Kent - 2011-09-16 01:19

    Butt Fred How many chanpionships has he won in 7s? How many has Gordon Tetchens from New Zealand won (slam dunk) Why are all your coaches over there coloured now cant white people coach anymore?

      Vusi9 - 2011-09-16 02:01

      What has colour got do do with anything? Why you guys got so many islanders and Maoris in your side, cant your white sheepshaggers, play rugby anymore? See, think before you speak and mind your own business.

      Ian - 2011-09-16 06:07

      It's Tietjens. Shows how much you know!

      slg - 2011-09-16 06:09

      Vusi, unfortunately it has everything to do with the way SARU is run. This is one of the main reasons our rugby is not the force it once was, and we've given the advantage over to NZ.

      burtfred - 2011-09-16 07:45

      Wow, I never knew Superman was a racist, but coming from Krypton, where everyone is green, I suppose colour is an issue.

      LACER8 - 2011-09-16 09:38

      Hey NZ Prick...Go count your sheep...Watch your team choke like they always do...Funny how we have won 2 world cups...And you guys have just one...Paul Treu is a legend in sevens coaching...Remember we have also won the sevens world champs so get a life sheep dick...

      Bandleader - 2011-09-16 12:34

      Hey flippen idiot! SARU has always been about colour, right from the days they excluded black and coloured players. Have you met Paul Treu? I have, and the man knows his rugby. Easy to be superman when you probably can't even play the game. junkhead!

  • Andy - 2011-09-16 06:46

    Spot on.. play to our strengths not theirs!

  • Jurgens - 2011-09-16 06:50

    Best 14 man team chosen for the game!

  • brinjal - 2011-09-16 07:18

    Paul Treu for next Bok coach!

      Len - 2011-09-16 07:42

      He certainly got the make of one! He is not a "puppet" and runs his own impressive show in 7's. We should get him into Super Rugby a.s.a.p.!!

  • Franklyn - 2011-09-16 07:27

    lucid points all, Treu is a world class 7s coach and seems like a thoroughly decent bloke,he has had to deal with these islanders often....sure the nature of the game is different,but the gameplay theory is the same,we have to keep this game tight....get too fancy,and they CAN beat us.

  • Neil - 2011-09-16 08:19

    Wise words from a wise man

  • Lance - 2011-09-16 09:20

    @ Bruce..Do you watch rugby on the radio by chance ? Im a proud Stormer but in no ways would I risk de Jongh's defensive capabilities against Fiji, he is an impact player at best when the Fijans tire. hes simply too small..FSteyn offers some beef insuring the Fijans will think twice about running his channel. Lambies defens is more than capable..How can you worry about Lambies defense and physicality before de Jonghs ? Turn on your tv mate !

      KB - 2011-09-16 13:21

      Jee the insults are flying around in this forum. I have accidentally stumbled upon it and fascinated by the personal attacks. I'm a 55 year old woman with quite a decent rugby knowledge if I might say so myself. I agree with Paul Treu - that we have chosen the best possible team for the Fiji-match. Unfortunately many of our dangerous match winning players like Fourie du Preez, Brian Habana, Morne Steyn, Victor Matfield and Jean de Villiers are either out of form or struggle with niggling injuries. If these problems are not ironed out soon, SA will have a very difficult time to progress to the second round even though they had won the difficult match against Wales. Samoa can become a vital match. I am very uneasy - their pool is very unpredictable - Fiji & Samoa can upset if things go wrong. Fingers crossed! Players need to get match fit quickly and get back form!!

      Lance - 2011-09-16 14:07

      Absolutely KB, thats why defense is of utmost importance against Fiji or any islanders. The Bok attacking game is not quite up to scratch to say the least and the Fijians will run at us I assure you. leave the points to the kickers or Alberts, Bis and Houghie in the last twenty. (I would love to say that the Boks should focus more on attack but there isnt enough time to pull an attacking plan out the hat, atleast Im honest hey ?)

  • Martin - 2011-09-16 13:21

    Dundee, I trust you are in Aus, because the likes of you dont get tolerated in SA.

      KB - 2011-09-16 15:24

      Lance, agree wholeheartedly, should keep it tight, structured - execute the game plan, which I assume, having watched the last against the All Blacks in PE and Wales, is a ten-man kicking game, well. When kicking the ball has to go out, not into a waiting Fijian's hands, when lifted into an up and under, follow up, put the receiver under pressure, defense lines well organized and communicate with each other to go up simultaneously not leaving gaps, more over dominate the scrums, line outs, rucks and malls and slow the game so that the Fijians have to adjust to our game not the other way round. If we are going to allow them to get turnover ball and counterattack from loose play, it will be difficult to defend. They like to run, have good ball skills, flair and can attack from anywhere. They are lightning fast and some of our players seem to have lost speed and agility. They have nothing to loose and might have renewed confidence and belief after having watched our game against Wales. The key is possession. ball retention, excellent defense and off course good decisions.Our back line disappointing - don't create space for fellow players ,support play while on attack is so non-existent, can't outdo the opponent, not running straight enough, no anticipation or vision. These character traits make exceptional rugby players. Danie Gerber had it. All teams will be feeling confident against us, unfortunately. You are definitely honest! Hope they prove me wrong!

  • d54 - 2011-09-16 15:16

    Big mistake having Bismarck du Plessis on the bench instead of John Smit.

      Lance - 2011-09-16 15:25

      Maybe..I think they are saving Bismarck for the later stages. There is enough quality around Smit to see us through for now. Imagine Bis getting injured now and we face Aus/Nz later with Smit ?

  • Jacques Ackermann - 2011-09-16 15:31

    franna plays all his rugby at 12 for metro with the odd exceptions. de jongh is not a 12. his running style and side stepping will be more suited to a wide channel. on 12 in defense there is a lot of traffic so in defense he will be having some issues. he is barly 90kg that is a lot to give away on defense to some of there runners. 30 kg mismatch ???. he should be at 13 but good luck tryiing to get that jumper away from one of the best 13's in the game namely jacques fourie. lambie is a great defender and offers a lot on defense and attack. well rounded for his age and has that BMT that one needs. the changes that div made at positive ones. i cant quite understand why people keep on harping on about our forward packs. we have one of the best packs in the game. its at the back where morne turnstile steyn needs to step up this game. aimless kicking is a major problem against a team that loves to counter attack. franna 12 and lambie 15 are great choices. de jongh is not up to standard yet. and if anyone thinks de jongh is a better option than franna steyn please do yourself a favour do your homework first. in regards to paul treu he has a great rugby mind but his CV looks way to thin to compete as a international 15 side coach. he needs to filtered into the super 15 comp. from there he can advance. heyneke meyer or brendon ventor should be the next coach. the only guys that has a decent track record. we need a major hospital job after this world cup

  • frans.mosia - 2011-09-16 16:05

    Go bokke we know you will break Fijians hearts.

  • Spioen - 2011-09-16 22:09

    Lekkkeeeer BokkkEEEEEE!!!! Ek LAAAAAAAFFFF Stamkarretjie rugby, ek hoop hulle moer die rook uit die Fijiaanse voorspelers uit!!! Hou maar julle wye hardloop rugby, niemand het nog 'n antwoord gekry vir goeie taktiese skopwerk en klipharde voorspelers nie!! En ek hou van Steyn en Fourie in die middelveld, dis dalk die wen kombinasie vir die toernooi!! Bring de Jong, Bissie, Alberts en Hougaard op vir een mallemoerse impak nadat die ou ballies die ander span sag gemaak het... Bok van krag tot krag!

  • keith.s - 2011-09-22 22:22

    Do you really think that "Div" picked the team, don't be so gullible! Dick Muir has forgotten more about Rugby than Div will ever know.

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