Clayton(PJLD)

Boks fit and confident


Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :In the news on 12 Feb 2009 at 12:19
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National Sevens coach Paul Treu gave this assurance on the eve of the fourth tournament in the 2008/09 IRB Sevens World Series that starts in San Diego on Saturday and where the Boks seem destined to meet their Wellington victors, Kenya, in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

“Gio Aplon and Philip Snyman are both fit after their injuries sustained in Wellington last weekend,” he said, adding the few players who had colds this week will also be fit.

And newcomer Lionel Mapoe, who replaces captain Mzwandile Stick, has slotted in well, Treu added saying he was confident about success.

“Losing Stick was a tremendous setback,” he admitted from San Diego on Thursday.

“His four years experience and his class are not easily replaced.

“But we have to go forward with the guys that are left and they are good. They are now forced to think and sum up situations for themselves and if they stick to our structures we’ll do well,” Treu added.

His main concern in the Wellington tournament, where the Boks won the Plate after they were first shocked by Kenya (22-17) after a 17-5 halftime lead and then eliminated from the Cup competition by New Zealand (7-0), was that they ‘did not finish the job” when in control.

Treu admits the speed was lacking after Aplon’s injury – he had a stiff neck and was rested more as a precaution – but points out that defence is really the Springboks’ greatest strength.

“We again had the best record for the number of tackles in Wellington,” he says.

“Our problem – and that also goes for attack – is we slip up at the crucial moments when it really hurts.”

South Africa play their first match in San Diego against giant-killers United States, who beat Fiji in the first round last weekend and made the quarter-finals of that tournament where they lost to Argentina.

The Boks are next up against Canada and finish their first day against Australia.

What initially looked like an easy pool when the draw was first made, is now another trio of tough hurdles following the way in which the so-called lesser sides upset some of the top seeds.

South Africa are nevertheless expected to finish on top of Pool A, and their most likely opponents in the quarters will be Kenya who must be oozing with confidence after their Wellington win over the Boks.

* The Springboks, after their wins in the first two tournaments in Dubai and George, lead the overall standings with 48 points – four ahead of New Zealand and England who are tied on 44. -

www.iol.co.za



26 Comments

  • doubt we’re going to pull this off without Stokololo…

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.02.09 13:07:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • Need some more Frankie Hornes… too many orks…

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.02.09 13:19:51 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 2) :

    Size isn’t everything bryce… just ask Claytie.

    His missus is always telling him that!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.02.09 13:28:24 by wpw Reply
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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 2) : you’re a size queen… :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.02.09 13:37:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :

    He does not leave such a big gap…

    We just need True to work on the teams speed…everyone was beating us on the outside…even those oversize Wales players (beating Mpho/Vuyo/Robin/Renfred)…that was real disappointing…think Snyman and Geo will bring some pace into the game…which will help just closing a gap or getting through and oppo one…and be the dif in a win or lose…

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.02.09 17:46:11 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 2) :

    I’d rather say we need pace….

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.02.09 17:46:37 by Hmmm Reply

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  • did anyone see that shit that ebherson just pulled :?:

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.02.09 21:30:19 by PJLD(Sharks supporters are all fairweather bandwagon jumpers) Reply
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  • @PJLD(Sharks supporters are all fairweather bandwagon jumpers) (Comment 7) :
    :shock:

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i could understand if he rolled on his shoulder but to throw himslef over on his back like that???????????????? :shock:

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.02.09 21:37:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • USA knock on INgoal.

    SA 10 – 0 USA

    5min to go

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.02.09 21:39:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • USA TRY!!!!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.02.09 21:40:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • converted

    SA 10 – 7 USA

    3min 45sec to go

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.02.09 21:41:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • USA TRY!!!!!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.02.09 21:42:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • converted

    SA 10 – 14 USA

    2min 30sec to go

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.02.09 21:43:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • ok we are kakking against the states.

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.02.09 21:43:45 by PJLD(Sharks supporters are all fairweather bandwagon jumpers) Reply
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  • SA TRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.02.09 21:44:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : much madness.Noble try!

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.02.09 21:45:04 by PJLD(Sharks supporters are all fairweather bandwagon jumpers) Reply
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  • conversion missed

    SA 15 – 14 USA

    0min 23sec to go

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.02.09 21:45:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • hooter goes,thats the game.yellow for states.

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.02.09 21:46:54 by PJLD(Sharks supporters are all fairweather bandwagon jumpers) Reply
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  • two players yellow carded AFTER the hooter. :???:

    What a fool?

    Full Time

    SA 15 – 14 USA

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.02.09 21:47:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @PJLD(Sharks supporters are all fairweather bandwagon jumpers) (Comment 18) :

    That was just a ref trying to say “I am in charge”.

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.02.09 21:49:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) :Not as bad as last weeks final

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.02.09 21:54:10 by PJLD(Sharks supporters are all fairweather bandwagon jumpers) Reply
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  • OK WTH. Can someone tell me how the Yanks ran us so close?? :shock:

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.02.09 22:38:42 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 22) : Dont know dude, but it was a trip :!:

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.02.09 09:20:14 by PJLD(Sharks supporters are all fairweather bandwagon jumpers) Reply
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  • kenya beat nz!

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.02.09 09:40:41 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 24) :

    And Uruguay beat Kenya!!!!!!!!!

    Some serious upsets in this tourny

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.02.09 09:43:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • SA rugby needs to keep an eye on Kenya. Together with Nam & Zim they can be like the SA pacific islands. :wink:

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.02.09 12:00:28 by McLovin Reply

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