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7s Boks on the brink

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sevens, Springboks on 23 May 2009 at 13:02
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World champions in 15-a-side rugby and now seemingly poised to add success in the shorter version of the game, South Africa have a golden opportunity over the next 10 days to add the IRB Sevens World Series trophy to the cabinet for the very first time.

After a fine season, Paul Treu’s side lies far enough ahead of its nearest rivals to hold the destiny of the Series tightly in its grip, although mathematically they can still be caught at the line.

“It’s a tough one because we’re 28 points ahead of England and we need to go out there and really stuff it up if we’re not going to win it, but we’ve seen so many things happen in the past and the last thing we can afford is to become complacent,” said Treu.

Two seasons ago Fiji seemed to have the World Series in the palm of their hand, only to lose in the Edinburgh quarter finals against Wales and pave the way for New Zealand to snatch back the crown. Last season New Zealand had a chance to clinch overall glory in London, but lost in the Cup quarter finals against England and needed the Edinburgh event to rubber-stamp their title defence.

“It’s all about standards,” continued Treu. “We’ve set ourselves high standards and we started the season well by winning the first two events in Dubai and George, and we would like to finish on a high as well.

“It’s a difficult one because how do you keep your motivation? How do you keep going and shifting the boundaries, but I’ve told the players that New Zealand were in a similar situtation last year and maybe wanted to win it in the first tournament and we have to be careful not to make the same mistakes.”

Over the past few years Treu has been blessed with players of sublime talent, but never held onto them for long enough to build a concerted push for the title.

Kabamba Floors, Jonathan Mokuena, Phillip Burger, Stefan Basson, Marius Schoeman, Jaco Pretorius, Fabian Juries, Danwell Demas and Tobela Mdaka were often brilliant when they played, but this season the world of Sevens has witnessed the first effects of the coach’s new full-time set-up in Stellenbosch.

“Those guys were there and they definitely did a job for us but we needed something else as well, we needed a new emphasis, a new focus and vision and we wanted to win the World Series for the first time and then set ourselves up to win it on a consistent basis.

“New Zealand have set the standard over the past 10 years, and we wanted to change that.”

IRB Sevens World Series points (16-team event)
Cup winners – 20
Cup runners-up – 16
Losing Cup semi finalists (x2) – 12
Plate winners – 8
Plate runners-up – 6
Losing Cup quarter finalists & Plate semi finalists (x2) – 4
Bowl winners – 2

Pool A Low-down

South Africa

IRB Sevens World Series 2008/09:
Dubai: Cup Final, won v England 19-12
George: Cup Final, won v NZ 12-7
Wellington: Plate Final, won v Wales 26-12
San Diego: Cup Semi-final, lost v England 19-22
Hong Kong: Cup Final, lost v Fiji 24-26
Adelaide: Cup Final, won v Kenya 26-7
Current Series Position:
1st, 104 pts
London 2008:
Plate Final, lost v New Zealand 12-19

Odds-on to win a first ever IRB Sevens World Series now but will it be in London this weekend, or Edinburgh next week? England need to win the Cup at Twickenham to give themselves any chance, and hope that the Boks trip up. Judging by their consistency this season, though, that seems highly unlikely over two tournaments. Mzwandile Stick is now back to full fitness – a proven matchwinner – joining the likes of Gio Aplon, Renfred Dazel, Ryno Benjamin and Vuyo Zangqa as well as Robert Ebersohn, who plays the final two Sevens events before leaving for Japan to captain his country’s Under 20 side at the IRB TOSHIBA Junior World Championship. Watch out for Frankie Horne too, one of the finest forwards on show.


IRB Sevens World Series 2008/09:
Dubai: Plate SF, lost v Samoa 14-17
George: Bowl Final, lost v France 12-21
Wellington: Bowl SF, lost v Cook Isl. 10-28
San Diego: Bowl final, won v France 0-40
Hong Kong: Cup SF, lost v South Africa 10-24
Adelaide: Plate final, lost v England 19-24
Current Series Position:
8th, 20 pts
London 2008:
Bowl Final, won v Wales 19-12

Coach Michael O’Connor has been deprived of a number of his usual suspects for the European climax, either injured or on Under 20 duty, and was doubly unlucky to lose both rugby league convert Mark McLinden and Ben Lucas to injury in the same Super 14 match for the Queensland Reds last weekend. Most significantly the team’s top try scorer Luke Morahan is missing but the likes of veteran Willie Bishop, Will Brock, Shaun Foley and young Domonic Shipperley give them quality throughout the side.



IRB Sevens World Series 2008/09:
Dubai: Bowl SF, lost v Portugal 0-24
George: Bowl SF, lost v Australia 19-22
Wellington: Plate Final, lost v South Africa 12-26
San Diego: Bowl SF, lost v Australia 24-26
Hong Kong: Plate SF, lost v Canada 10-19
Adelaide: Plate SF, lost v Australia 7-38
Current Series Position:
10th=, 12 pts

London 2008:
Bowl Final, lost v Australia 12-19

Six World Cup winners, including the captain Lee Beach and winning try-scorer Aled Thomas, return for coach Paul John as he looks to finish a fine season for Wales on a high. They may lie 10th in the World Series but that is more than made up for by victory at the four-yearly Rugby World Cup Sevens, in Dubai in March. Tal Selley is Wales’ outstanding player, at home among the very best, and look to him to spark John’s team to life.



IRB Sevens World Series 2008/09:
First appearance
Current Series Position:
unranked, 0 pts
London 2008:
Did not compete

Only twice before have Germany competed in the World Series, in Paris and London in 2006. Since then they have gained in momentum, especially since the top table of European rugby chose to take the continent’s Sevens circuit finale to Hanover. The first tournament in 2008 proved a massive success and so too the form of the Germans. Ranked a surprising 26 in the world in 15-a-side rugby, they are learning quickly. London may come too soon for them to really compete in this tough pool but they will be organised and well drilled. One of their team, Tim Kasten, plays his rugby for Southend Rugby Club in England


  • Opening match should be the pool decider.

    11:35 South Africa – Wales ENG Pool A

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.05.09 13:04:25 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Standings before this round.

    South Africa 104
    England 76
    Fiji 74
    Argentina 68
    New Zealand 64
    Kenya 58
    Samoa 36
    Australia 20
    USA 20
    Wales 12
    Portugal 9
    France 4
    Tonga 4
    Canada 3
    Cook Islands 2

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.05.09 13:06:01 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    And that result is in.

    Boks 29 – 5 Wales

    😎 😎

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.05.09 13:19:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • SA beat Germany 70 – NIL 😯

    That is 35 points a seven minute half 😯

    5 points a minute 😯

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.05.09 16:55:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • well done bokkies, were already proud of you, good luck for the rest of the tourny

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.05.09 18:03:27 by JarsonX Reply
    Competition WinnerCompetition WinnerCompetition Winner
  • Pool A decider about to get underway.

    Aus have played 2 won 2
    Boks have played 2 won 2

    Go Bokkies!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.05.09 20:25:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Stick leads the boys on.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.05.09 20:26:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Aus Kick-off doesn’t go 10m SA have FK but knock it on.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.05.09 20:28:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Sa Attack but give away a Pk under the Aus poles for hoilding on the ground.

    Aus go for LO. 😯

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.05.09 20:29:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • SA knock at the LO and Aus get scrum

    SA take Tighthead.

    Mpho Mbiyozo TRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.05.09 20:30:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Conversion missed

    SA 5 – 0 Aus


  • Comment 11, posted at 23.05.09 20:32:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Aus break out from their 22 but Stick catches them in the SA 22 and wins a PK for the Aussies sealing it off.

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.05.09 20:33:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 30 sec to go

    SA scrum for forward pass by the Aussies.

    skew feed. FK Aus

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.05.09 20:34:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Aus tap and go.

    Grubber into touch.

    Half time

    SA 5 – 0 Aus

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.05.09 20:35:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • SA start the 2nd half

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.05.09 20:36:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Monster hit by Benjamin

    Aus recycle and SCORE!!

    from inside their 22.

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.05.09 20:37:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Converion over

    SA 5 – 7 Aus

    6 min to go

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.05.09 20:38:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • scrum Aus for SA not using the ball at the maul.

    PK SA.

    On the Aus 22.


  • Comment 18, posted at 23.05.09 20:39:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Kyle Brown TRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.05.09 20:40:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Conversion missed

    SA 10 – 7 Aus

    3:20 to go

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.05.09 20:41:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Aus try.

    run it straight back from the Kick off and score out wide.

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.05.09 20:41:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Converted from out wide

    SA 10 – 14 Aus

    2:50 to go

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.05.09 20:42:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Aplon TRY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After great run by Stick up the middle.

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.05.09 20:42:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Converted

    SA 17 – 14 Aus

    1min to go

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.05.09 20:43:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Sa steal it back from the kick-off with good rucking.

    chip it through Aus dot it down

    Aus 22 Drop out after the Hooter has gone and they kick it out on the full from the drop out.


    7s Boks 17 – 14 Aus

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.05.09 20:45:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Not sure who we will play in the 1/4 finals will know soon.

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.05.09 20:46:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Go 7s manne!

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.05.09 21:21:48 by Claytie Reply

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