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South Africa clinch IRB Sevens World Series

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sevens, Springboks on 31 May 2009 at 06:50
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South Africa have reached the Cup quarter finals at the Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens at Murrayfield to guarantee at least four Series points and confirm themselves as IRB Sevens World Series champions for the 2008/09 season.

Paul Treu’s side scored five tries in a convincing 33-10 win against France, overpowered the USA 34-5 and then capped their glorious day with a satisfying 14-12 win over eight-times World Series winners New Zealand.

South Africa now hold the ‘World Champions’ tag in both 15-a-side and Sevens rugby, the first time the two Cups have been united in a single trophy cabinet.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling for me, I can can only imagine how the players are feeling,” said coach Paul Treu, himself a former captain and involved with South Africa Sevens since 1999.

“Also (thanks to) the people back at home who have been supporting this team, and I must thank SA Rugby for all the support they’ve given to us over the past few years, and also our team sponsor, SASOL.

“I don’t think the guys even realise what they’ve achieved as a team. Maybe when they’re 30 years old or sitting at home when they’re old and looking back on their careers, this is definitely going to be one of the highlights.

“Credit to everyone who has contributed to our success, this is something that didn’t start this season but four years ago with a vision that we wanted to become one of the best Sevens teams in the world and leave a legacy behind, and that’s exactly what the guys have done.”

Before they could celebrate, Treu and his players had to wait for New Zealand to beat France to guarantee their Cup quarter final place.

“It was nerve-racking, especially when they were up 17-5 up but the French started to attack,” added Treu. “I said ‘we can’t start celebrating yet, we have to wait’, but now we’re finally there and it takes the pressure off a little bit but we still have some work to do.”

Treu has used just 17 players throughout the eight World Series events and that continuity of selection has helped make them the most consistent side. So far they have won three Cup titles and one Plate, as well as once finishing Cup runners-up and twice reaching the Cup semi finals.

“South Africa deserve it, they’ve probably been the most consistently performing team this season and they’ve had that regular squad right throughout the Series,” said New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens, himself the winner of eight World Series titles.

“Some very good Sevens players, very quick and that’s a key ingredient of their team. They attack the rucks with a lot of aggression and look for turn-overs to utilise that pace.”

The Story of South Africa’s season

Dubai, UAE – Champions
Victors over England 19-12 in the Dubai final, the Boks took an early lead in the World Series.

George, South Africa – Champions
By winning their home Sevens event for the first time in 10 years of trying, against New Zealand 17-7, they opened up a 12-point lead over the kiwis.

Wellington, NZ – Plate winners
England beat New Zealand in the Cup final, but South Africa notched eight valuable points by beating Wales 26-12 to take the Plate.

San Diego, USA – Cup semi finalists
South Africa lost to England in their Cup semi final, but Argentina beat England in the final. Nonetheless, England were now tied with South Africa, level on 60 points at the half way stage of the World Series.

Hong Kong – Cup runners-up
While England were knocked in the Cup quarter finals by Fiji, the Boks reached the final. Although they lost to the inspired Fijians 26-24, they had opened up a 16 point lead.

Adelaide, Australia – Champions
Retained the Adelaide title they first won in 2008 by beating Kenya in the first ever all-African final 26-7, in doing so opening up a 28-point lead in the Series over England.

London, England – Cup semi-finalists
Lost out in the Cup semi finals against New Zealand, and England went on to win their home title to cut the Series deficit to 20 points, leaving South Africa needing a single Series point in Murrayfield to close out the title.

Edinburgh, Scotland – TBC

Courtesy of the Official IRB Website


  • Well Done Guys!!!!!!!!!!

    Not losing players to the S14 all the time has certainly shown that we Do have the talent in Sa to win this.

    great stuff.

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.05.09 06:54:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : You summed it up and to think what we still have in the cupboard, the tallent is really phenominal, we should not lose anything this year and I include the tri nations in that!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.05.09 07:09:57 by Whindy Reply
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  • Well done guys, South Africa’s the best! 😀 Now if only our soccer can win something

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.05.09 07:32:30 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 3) :

    Do wooden spoons count? 😳

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.05.09 07:34:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : :mrgreen: a silver spoon might help

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.05.09 07:46:10 by JarsonX Reply
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  • maybe if their were not so many prima dona club owners and they had a strong management team with a plan they would do well to get Jake White in there , just to show them how to plan to win a campaign. Fortunately I support a sport that is more interested in winning, than how much money they can get out by owning a soccer team.

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.05.09 08:43:58 by Whindy Reply
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  • So Yesterday’s results for SA were

    South Africa 33 – 10 France
    South Africa 34 – 5 USA
    South Africa 14 – 12 New Zealand

    So we topped out table and will be playing the 1/4 finals against Australia.

    The rest of the 1/4 finals with the sections divided as below:

    South Africa – Australia
    Samoa – Scotland


    Kenya – Wales
    Fiji – New Zealand

    So we will probably play Samoa in the Semi if we beat Aus.

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.05.09 10:38:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The POMS only won ONE of their pool games 😯 and didn’t make the Cup 1/4 Finals.

    Kenya 21 – 14 England
    England 26 – 12 Canada
    England 17 – 33 Scotland

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.05.09 10:41:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • South Africa 17 – 7 Australia

    We will know who the opposition in the semi will be in a few minutes.

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.05.09 12:55:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : As lond as we keep thumping the Aussies I am happy, apparently they don’t see us as major rivals, so it always gives me huge pleasure to thump them at any sport.

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.05.09 13:37:16 by Whindy Reply
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  • Samoa 12 – 14 Scotland

    We will be playing Scotland in the Semi.

    Winner of Fiji – NZ will be playing Wales

    Kenya 7 – 19 Wales

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.05.09 13:48:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 10) : 😛

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.05.09 13:49:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :

    Well we have beaten Scotland and are all set to end the season on a high.

    South Africa 26 – 21 Scotland

    NZ lost to Fiji in their 1/4 final
    Fiji 26 – 19 New Zealand

    Fiji and Wales is on now and we will meet the winner in the final.

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.05.09 18:09:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • An SA v Wales Final would be an excellent end to the season.

    Series Champions v World Champions.

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.05.09 18:10:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) :

    Not to be. 🙁

    Wales 14 – 28 Fiji

    Cup Final
    SA v Fiji

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.05.09 18:14:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • and we win the series by far, well done guys

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.05.09 18:26:07 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I see SB is still screwed up 😮

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.05.09 18:38:49 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 16) :

    Yip. England only won the bowl Final.

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.05.09 18:47:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Fiji v SA Cup Final

    If Fiji win they will end 2nd overall.

    Have met in Cup Finals on 3 occasions. Fiji have won all 3. 😕

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.05.09 19:20:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Have played each other 32 time and have 16 victories each.

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.05.09 19:22:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • OK I’ve come to see the victorious end to the series win.

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.05.09 19:22:44 by klempie Reply

  • Is it just me or are our guys alot smaller than most of the other teams? 😕

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.05.09 19:23:48 by klempie Reply

  • Fiji Try!

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.05.09 19:24:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 22) :

    Not just you 🙂

  • Comment 24, posted at 31.05.09 19:24:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Try Not converted ❓ ❓ it was almost under the posts????

    Benjamin TRY!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 31.05.09 19:25:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : Oh good. 🙂

  • Comment 26, posted at 31.05.09 19:26:06 by klempie Reply

  • Converted

    SA 7 – 5 Fiji

    4:43 to go

  • Comment 27, posted at 31.05.09 19:26:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : Shocking miss.

  • Comment 28, posted at 31.05.09 19:26:57 by klempie Reply

  • oops got sidetracked for a second and suddenly we are two tries behind.

    SA 7 – 15 Fiji.

    Fiji’s 3rd would not have happened had the TJ got the call right. 😛

  • Comment 29, posted at 31.05.09 19:31:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Try Fiji but because the IRB are cheap skates there is no TMO for sevens who would have ruled that no try.

  • Comment 30, posted at 31.05.09 19:32:07 by klempie Reply

  • HT 7-15

    Time for a leak.

  • Comment 31, posted at 31.05.09 19:33:05 by klempie Reply

  • Half Time

    SA 7 – 15 Fiji

  • Comment 32, posted at 31.05.09 19:33:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Fiji TRY!!

  • Comment 33, posted at 31.05.09 19:36:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Try Fiji.

    I gotta say, JW is right. Size matters.

  • Comment 34, posted at 31.05.09 19:36:17 by klempie Reply

  • Kolinasu wishes they made ball boxes for rugby players. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 31.05.09 19:38:39 by klempie Reply

  • Schoeman’s the only oke in the side that matches them for size. 😛

  • Comment 36, posted at 31.05.09 19:42:33 by klempie Reply

  • Try Dazel!!



    2.20 mins left

  • Comment 37, posted at 31.05.09 19:43:55 by klempie Reply

  • SA 19 – 20 Fiji

    2:04 to go

  • Comment 38, posted at 31.05.09 19:44:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Game over.

    Oh well.

  • Comment 39, posted at 31.05.09 19:47:00 by klempie Reply


    SA 19 – 20 Fiji


  • Comment 40, posted at 31.05.09 19:49:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • World Series finishing positions

    SA 132
    Fiji 102
    Eng 98

  • Comment 41, posted at 31.05.09 19:59:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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