Players gave their all - Treu

2012-12-09 22:20

Port Elizabeth - Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu was disappointed after his side fell short at the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens here on Sunday, but praised the commitment shown by his players.

The Blitzbokke finished strongly to claim the bronze medal after they lost in the Cup semi-finals to eventual champions New Zealand.

South Africa thumped Argentina 35-0 in the third place final and delivered a polished display to leave the home crowd with something to shout about after the earlier heartache.

Cheslin Kolbe, playing at scrumhalf/sweeper in place of injured Paul Delport, was the big hero of the match, scoring a hat-trick of tries and providing great energy in the attacking play. He scored 25 points, with Phil Snyman and Cornal Hendricks scoring the other tries.

The Blitzbokke came up short against New Zealand in the semi-final, losing 12-5, with a try with less than a minute to play by the men in black, not allowing South Africa enough time to muster a final attack.

The hosts scored first through a delightful try by Delport, with the scrumhalf being worked the space to cross in the corner following some good interplay on his inside.

New Zealand equalled matters soon after the break and then scored late to deny South Africa a second consecutive final of their home event.

“It was very disappointing,” Treu admitted afterwards. “We had our chances and so had they, with the only difference that New Zealand took that the one that mattered.

“I cannot fault the commitment of my players, they gave their all. It is a pity we could not do it for the crowd who supported us so well. At least we finished strongly and gave a good performance in the bronze final.”

In their first match of the day, South Africa had to come from behind to beat a very competitive United States. Although the Blitzbokke scored first when Ruwellyn Isbell finished off a delightful Delport chip, it was the US who rallied via Nick Edwards to take a 7-5 lead.

South Africa responded brilliantly, scoring from the restart. First Chris Dry won the ball and, after some deft work by Cecil Afrika, Cornal Hendricks crashed over to give his side a 12-7 lead at the break.

The second half was a frantic affair, with the US creating some scoring chances, but great cover defence from South Africa kept them at bay. Kolbe sealed the semi-final spot for the Blitzbokke with a great run to the line and a 17-7 win.

New Zealand won the tournament in convincing style by beating France 47-12 in a one-sided final.

After three tournaments, they lead the series table with 38 points. Fiji, Samoa and Kenya are on 32 points followed by France on 27. The South Africans are currently sixth with 24 points.

Results on Sunday from the Port Elizabeth Sevens, the third leg of the IRB world sevens series at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium:



South Africa 17, United States 7
New Zealand 35, Wales 5
France 10, Portugal 7
Argentina 15, Fiji 12


New Zealand 12, South Africa 5
France 10, Argentina 7 (after extra time)

Third place

South Africa 35, Argentina 0


New Zealand 47, France 12



Wales 26, United States 19
Fiji 26, Portugal 12


Wales 26, Fiji 14



Australia 24, Zimbabwe 14
Kenya 19, Scotland 17
Samoa 36, Canada 21
England 14, Spain 7


Australia 24, Kenya 21
Samoa 15, England 12


Australia 26, Samoa 14



Zimbabwe 21, Scotland 14
Spain 29, Canada 12


Spain 33, Zimbabwe 0

Series standings (after 3 of 9 rounds):

1. New Zealand 60 points
2. France 46
3. Fiji 44
4. South Africa 41
5. Samoa 39
6. Kenya 37
7. Argentina 36
8. Wales 31
9. Portugal 21
10. Australia 19


  • dan.mccaw.16 - 2012-12-09 22:41

    Once again the boys in black emerged victoriously. Need I say more!!!

      Flemstone - 2012-12-09 23:10

      No. Oh wait perhaps just one thing. What is your connection to NZ?

      michael.verreynne - 2012-12-09 23:59

      You probably mean the MEN in black!

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-10 07:25

      Like t20 cricket, who cares

      brian.dureuck - 2012-12-10 07:47

      simone, wtf ... go back to the kitchen and only come back if 7de laan is on... leave rugby and sport to the men ...

  • - 2012-12-09 22:56

    Guys,you did your best.

  • - 2012-12-09 23:26

    Breytie en Tokka moes gespeel het! Met hulle in die span sou die bokkies cup gewen het. Weepee jou leke deng!

  • Jacques - 2012-12-10 00:13

    When last did they win an event? Like the cup, not the ashtray semi-final?

      homes.zona - 2012-12-10 02:28

      Paul Treu's mom was probably in the stands supporting the ABs

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-12-10 00:27

    SARU keeping Paul Treu on as quota coach is the only logical explanation why he hasn't been fired yet.Any other reason for keeping him other than the fact that it's AA must be the joke of the year surely.You probably have to go back longer than 2 years to find a trophy that the Springbok Sevens team had won let alone challenging for the overall series champioship title.Paul Treu is a hasbeen fullstop.

      Flemstone - 2012-12-10 10:10

      Quota coach? What if they had won the competition? If it wasn't for one small mistake they could have won. Now how exactly is Treu to blame for one person blowing it on the day? They came third in the end. Why do you demand that SA wins the competition? So lets go back longer than 2 years. Treu was the coach when they did win trophies and won the overall title. And you dare insult him by calling him a quota coach? Honestly I don't think this man is to blame. The SA players simply aren't good enough.

      Flemstone - 2012-12-10 23:12

      Las Vegas, Nevada 12–13 February 2011 South Africa Hong Kong Stadium 25–27 March 2011 New Zealand Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 2–3 April 2011 New Zealand Twickenham 21–22 May 2011 South Africa Murrayfield, Edinburgh 28–29 May 2011 South Africa Finished second overall. The 2011/2012 season wasn't so good, we can all agree on that. They came fifth. That's hardly disastrous. There's 28 countries participating. They're currently ranked 4th, that's really not so bad. What surprises me is France is in second spot on the ratings. Really not quite sure what the fuss is all about. The Blitzboks are clearly still one of the top sides. Do you criticise people coming back from the Olympics for not winning medals?

  • - 2012-12-10 01:13

    If you gave it your all and you still end up losing, then maybe you are just not good enough. Is it the players or the coaching staff?

  • ron.hobson.313 - 2012-12-10 02:18

    Major step up from last week, we Salute U!

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-12-10 06:28

    And once again,bronze. Almost as bad as Bafana Bafana. LOSERS!

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-10 07:27

      Really? Your idiocy knows no bounds. - 2012-12-10 08:01

      Join the club sweetie.

  • ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-12-10 06:35

    It surely must be time for Treu to get the axe. All the hype around the Blitzbokke and then they fail time and time gain on the field.

      Flemstone - 2012-12-10 10:10

      Please explain why Treu is to blame for this?

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-12-10 06:49

    Im not much of a 7's supporter but with the facilities and players available to Treu they should be doing alot better. And the SA tournament looked a better advert in George than in PE.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-10 07:28

      The super rugby attendance will be dismal

      brian.dureuck - 2012-12-10 07:54

      why? there were 25000 + people in PE... bigger stadium etc..... in george 2 000 and the stadium looks packed! ... farking ANCYL mentality

  • louis.hager.12 - 2012-12-10 07:25

    You have to give it to Paul Treu. He is consistant.

  • brian.dureuck - 2012-12-10 07:46

    2 many quotas in the sevens team

  • Asdiedamwalbars - 2012-12-10 07:50

    The All Blacks and Fidji proved again and again and again to Paul Treu tat size, speed and strength do count.. Not only small and short quick runners only. That is why we will no stay on the top 3 for this season..and allready hang on our nails to not drop to fifth on the overall ranking..but to better on the 3rd place, to a better spot on the top, will not happen in the next years to come. It is back to the drawing board because we just don't have the players and game plan to out play the most teams when it matter the most to pass the test to win with ease for the final.. Even the weaker countries enhance so much that they start to play like we should have play.

  • tertius.aswegen - 2012-12-10 07:55

    Not good enough paul. Time to pull finger, getting gatvol

  • tertius.aswegen - 2012-12-10 07:56

    Haha true

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-12-10 07:58

    @simone.dechandra.7 is a uneducated weirdo and has NOTHING better to comment on so she "comes out" with crap. Stay in the mental institute where you are currently residing in TWAT. MAAIFOEDIE! - 2012-12-10 08:07

      She/he/it is on happy juice 24/7. Give the trolls some airtime cause they're not getting anything else.....

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-10 08:14

      I'm currently residing In twat?wheres that? - 2012-12-10 09:08

      Down south.

  • Sheilan.Clarke - 2012-12-10 09:15

    People you can't win all the time. You all who are giving Paul Treu slack are pathetic! Right now, they fair better than the 15-man squad and it's worth supporting them than Bafana! You folks are pathetic.

  • jacques.duplessis.3785 - 2012-12-10 10:42

    If the players gave their all I think its time too look at the coach...

      john.isaacs.758 - 2013-02-07 10:48

      Jacques I agree fully with u ! Inconsistency. Rely too much on one player (cecil afrika) Coach not inovative we need speedy agile quick thinking new blood !we really need a new coach !He had his moments !

  • byron.a.nicholas - 2012-12-10 12:12

    Lekke man Chess

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