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De Villiers’ take on why Bok Sevens won

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 9 Dec 2008 at 09:25
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Springbok coach Peter de Villiers heaped praise on the Springbok Sevens team on Monday after Paul Treu’s men ensured South African rugby ended the year on a high with victory in the Emirates Airlines South African Sevens in George.

The Pretoria News reports that the victory followed the series-opening triumph in Dubai the previous weekend and gives South Africa an early 12-point lead in the IRB Series standings.

“Paul Treu’s team were undoubtedly the best at the tournament based on their fitness, skills, composure, versatility, tenacity, decision making and perseverance, amongst other things,” said de Villiers.

“The team’s great start to the 2008/2009 IRB series is testimony to the impact of the Sevens excellence centre that has been established in Stellenbosch.

“This was a master stroke and the benefits are clearly evident. This is by far the fittest Springbok Sevens team that I have seen.

“To play a tough quarter-final against a good England side, follow that up with a superb win over Fiji in the semis and then come from behind to beat New Zealand in the final takes some doing. That is where the team’s great character played a major part.”

The IRB Series triumphed followed a record-breaking victory over England at Twickenham for De Villiers’ Springboks to send South African rugby into the festive season in high spirits.

“It has been a marvellous three weeks as our players and coaches have given us all a fantastic send off into the end-of-year break,” said Oregan Hoskins, the president of the South African Rugby Union.

“The year has had its trials but we end the season in a very good position with winning teams on the field and having worked through some important issues off it.

“I think South African rugby can be proud of what has been achieved in 2008 and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to 2009 and events such as the IRB Sevens Rugby World Cup, the Super 14 and the visit of the British and Irish Lions with tremendous excitement.”


  • On last night’s highlights show on Sky the pundits also mentioned how fit the Protea Boks look. :cool:

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.12.08 10:48:54 by McLovin Reply
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  • Where’s the next one? Wellington? Would be great if we can win that one. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.12.08 10:49:46 by McLovin Reply
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  • “Paul Treu’s team were undoubtedly the best at the tournament based on their fitness, skills, composure, versatility, tenacity, decision making and perseverance, amongst other things,” said de Villiers.

    This does NOT sound like PDV. Has he been taking English lessons??? :shock:

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.12.08 11:11:55 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) : Probably a written statement , I don’t know if he could verbally string together those words. :roll:

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.12.08 11:18:09 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : First tourney we ever won on the 7′s circuit when Chester was coach

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.12.08 11:35:45 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 5) : Really? Cool. :cool:

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.12.08 11:41:42 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : Yup. I think we won it as year or two ago as well. We seem to well in NZ and Dubai…and now at home.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.12.08 11:50:55 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • And now for some history lessons on IRB sevens.


    The first IRB World Sevens series encompassed 10 events and went right down to the wire.

    Fiji had won the previous three Hong Kong tournaments and boasted Waisale Serevi, already a legend of the game and others such as Marika Vunibaka, Apolosi Satala and Filimoni Delasau (who scored six tries in a single game – still a record).

    The New Zealand team was full of future Sevens hall of famers – Eric Rush, Karl Te Nana, Dallas Seymour plus luminaries like Christian Cullen, Jonah Lomu and Mils Muliaina who shone briefly but brightly in the Sevens arena.

    Fiji won in Wellington while New Zealand took the marquee Hong Kong event. No other country came close to winning a tournament and it all came down to the final tournament in Paris.

    Fiji only needed a semi-final spot to seal the title, but crashed out 35-21 to the part-timers from Argentina in the quarter-final.

    New Zealand needed no further invite – proceeding to the final and demolishing South Africa by the astounding margin of 69-10.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.12.08 12:11:26 by McLovin Reply

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  • 2000/2001

    Australia have a very inconsistent Sevens pedigree but among the series of low points this season stands out as their best-ever.

    The Glen-Ella-coached squad were the only side to make every semi-final of the series and won the Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Wellington events to pushing New Zealand all the way.

    The trans-tasman rivals were locked together going into the last three rounds but Tietjens’s men responded to the challenge, winning all three tournaments and having the satisfaction of beating Australia in each final.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.12.08 12:12:13 by McLovin Reply

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  • 2001/2002

    Tietjens had a true Midas touch over this season, guiding his team to an overwhelming IRB Sevens series victory and Commonwealth gold in Manchester.

    The New Zealand team featured a young Joe Rokocoko among several old hands and won six of the record eleven events to garner 198 points, 62 points clear of the second-placed South Africans.

    An Australian win in Wellington and the loss of their coveted Hong Kong crown – to an emerging England – were the only setbacks for the men in black across a triumphant season.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.12.08 12:13:02 by McLovin Reply

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  • 2002/2003

    It was a new breed for the New Zealand side but the same old result, albeit much closer, as they swept to their fourth consecutive title.

    Orene Ai’i, Amasio Valence, Liam Messam and Josh Blackie were Tietjens trusted lieu ants who finally took a Wellington event, much to the joy of the boisterous home crowd.

    England remained on New Zealand’s shoulder throughout, retaining their Hong Kong crown and taking the Twickenham event.

    In the end only four points separated the New Zealand side – who had 112 – and the fast-finishing English across the seven events.

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.12.08 12:14:33 by McLovin Reply

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  • 2003/2004

    England again proved the main rivals to New Zealand in a thrilling IRB World Sevens series that came down to the final afternoon at Twickenham

    England took their home title for the second year in succession but New Zealand stymied hopes of the ultimate London celebration by reaching the semi-finals, which was enough to take the title by six points – 128 to 122.

    New Zealand repeated their Wellington triumph, while England secured a three-peat of Hong Kong victories.

    It was an inconsistent year for New Zealand as they won just two tournaments and crashed out in the quarter-final stage in Singapore, and failed to make the final in Hong Kong for the first time since the IRB Sevens series had began in 1999.

    But they did just enough to prevail, in a season that also saw South Africa take two tournaments (Dubai and Singapore) and Argentina finish in third place, taking their first ever event (Los Angeles) along the way.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.12.08 12:15:08 by McLovin Reply

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  • Riveting stuff, I know. :roll:

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.12.08 12:16:44 by McLovin Reply

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  • 2004/2005

    Gordon Tietjens celebrated 10 years at the helm of the New Zealand sevens ship as they cruised through their most impressive season to date, seeing off traditional rivals Fiji and England as well as France and South Africa as the depth in Sevens reached unprecedented levels.

    Inspired by Orene Ai’i and Roy Kinikinilau, New Zealand took three consecutive events (George, Wellington and Los Angeles) and stole a march on their rivals that proved unbridgeable.

    During the season England’s Ben Gollings became the leading point’s corer in the history of the IRB World Sevens overtaking Fijian legend Waisale Serevi.

    South Africa broke England’s stranglehold on the Twickenham tournament, while France achieved two huge firsts in the final tournament of the year on home soil.
    The Thierry Janeczak-coached side beat Fiji for the first-time ever and in doing so took their inaugural IRB World Sevens event.

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.12.08 12:17:19 by McLovin Reply

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  • 2005/2006

    Seven proved an unlucky number for New Zealand as their reign as IRB World Sevens champions was halted by a flying Fijian team.

    The Gordon-Tietjens-coached New Zealand side had won the six previous titles but slumped to fourth place and failed to win a single tournament.

    It was a dog-fight between England and Fiji and the South-sea islanders won four tournaments (including the Twickhenham event) to take the title by 22 points.

    William Ryder earmarked himself as the new star of Sevens with his touchdowns often proving the difference in the tight contests.

    In the sole highlight of a disappointing year, New Zealand did take Commonwealth gold for the third year in succession at Melbourne, beating England in front of a record Sevens crowd at the Telstra dome.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.12.08 12:17:45 by McLovin Reply

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  • 2006/2007

    This was the mostly tightly contested IRB World Sevens contest of all time – with three nations still right in contention at the final tournament in Edinburgh.

    New Zealand had a consistent season, reaching at least the semi-final stage of every tournament and winning three of their four finals.

    Samoa had been bubbling under the radar for the previous few years but emerged as a genuine force and finally Fiji had a Pacific rival. Indeed the Island nations at one stage contested four consecutive finals – Samoa taking the spoils with sensational upset wins in Wellington and Hong Kong while Fiji reversed the result in San Diego and Adelaide.

    Fiji went into the last event in Edinburgh with a 10-point lead over their rival and aware that a semi-final appearance would ensure their second consecutive title.

    But Wales sent the Fijians packing at the quarter final stage and New Zealand needed no second invitation – beating Samoa in the final to claim the Edinburgh title and wrestle back their IRB World Sevens crown.

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.12.08 12:18:12 by McLovin Reply

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  • 2007/2008

    New Zealand has enjoyed plenty of success in the IRB Sevens over the years but took their dominance to unprecedented levels in the 2007/2008 season.

    The Gordon Tietjens-coached squad won the first five tournaments on the calendar and had virtually sealed the overall championship by the time they were finally beaten – by South Africa in the final of the sixth event at Adelaide.

    In racking up tournament wins in Dubai, George (South Africa), Wellington, San Diego and Hong Kong they set a new Sevens record of 47 consecutive victories – a quite outstanding feat.

    One of the early highlights of the season was another fantastic Wellington event – both on and off the field. Samoa powered to the final and only a last minute Victor Vito try stopped them from taking the crown.

    Hong Kong remains the trophy that everybody wants to lift but unlike previous years it was fairly one-sided.

    New Zealand dispatched Wales (26-7) in the quarter-final, demolished Fiji (34-0) in the semi and then easily accounted for South Africa (26-12) in the final.

    South Africa would get their revenge in Adelaide while the London leg was the only other time where New Zealand’s inspirational captain DJ Forbes was not lifting the trophy as Samoa beat Fiji in a tight battle.

    Indeed it was a frustrating season for Fiji as the Islanders made three finals (Dubai, George, London) but came up short each time.

    The 2007/2008 season saw South Africa emerge as a new force on the circuit while Samoa continued their recent rise with a string of consistent performances.

    Australia endured a very disappointing series (only one semi-final appearance) while England appeared to go backwards in 2007/2008 after recent success.

    It was New Zealand who reigned supreme – garnering 154 points and leaving their nearest rivals in the dust (South Africa 106, Samoa 100, Fiji 94).

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.12.08 12:18:52 by McLovin Reply

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