Cape Town - Blitzbokke coach Paul Treu has paid tribute to his players after they won the their second
consecutive tournament in the Sevens World Series on Sunday, defeating
the All Black Sevens team 28-21 in the final of the Glasgow Sevens.
This victory follows a win in Tokyo last
month and makes South Africa the only team in the series to have won three
tournaments, following an earlier win in Las Vegas as well. All three their final wins came against the Kiwis.
The win could not stop New Zealand from
winning the overall 2012/13 Sevens World Series, with South Africa set to
finish second with one tournament left to go.
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Fiji can still overhaul South Africa for
second spot, providing they win the last tournament in London and the
Blitzbokke fail to make the Cup quarter-finals.
Commenting on the win, Springbok Sevens
coach Paul Treu was quick to congratulate New Zealand for the series win.
“They were the most consistent team this
year and that is why they are the overall champions, so it is well deserved to
them,” said Treu.
With regards to his side’s tournament
victory, Treu had only plaudits.
“We arrived here without two of our
playmakers (Branco du Preez and Cecil Afrika), but this just made the remaining
players in the squad much more determined. We had to nurse a couple of players
through this tournament, so it is very rewarding to see their hard work paying
The final was a tense affair. The South
Africans started well with a great try by Seabelo Senatla, but the Kiwis scored
from the restart to even things out again. They then took the lead with a
well-worked try (14-7) and at the half-time break, Treu’s team talk inspired
“The coach reminded us to what our strong
points are and urged us to execute that. He asked us to play minute to minute
doing what we do best. We did that and
it worked for us,” captain Frankie Horne said afterwards.
This resulted in tries to Steven Hunt and
Philip Snyman and when Cornal Henricks scored, it seemed as if the title was
A late try by New Zealand set up a classic
finish with second to go, but the South African defence held and the title was
Earlier, they outclassed the United States
in the Cup quarters, beating them 22-5. Chris Dry, Senatla (2) and Paul Delport
all scored tries.
In the semi-final they faced England and
again two breakaway tries by Senatla set-up the win. A Cornal Hendricks try
secured a 24-17 win.
Results from the Glasgow Sevens tournament on Sunday, the eighth leg of the nine-round World Sevens Series:
Samoa 17 Russia 14
Australia 36 Portugal 0
France 7 Kenya 22
Scotland 31 Spain 5
South Africa 22 United States 5
Fiji 12 England 15
Wales 26 Canada 7
New Zealand 42 Argentina 10
Russia 41 Portugal 7
France 41 Spain 0
Samoa 12 Australia 17
Kenya 24 Scotland 19
United States 22 Fiji 7
Canada 7 Argentina 22
South Africa 24 England 17
Wales 14 New Zealand 26
Russia 17 France 21
Australia 12 Kenya 5
United States 17 Argentina 7
England 24 Wales 21
South Africa 28 New Zealand 21