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sasuke uchiha

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All Blacks Sevens eye World Cup next,,,
May 07, 2013, 02:37:24

All Blacks Sevens eye World Cup next

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New Zealand completed the first requirement of the 2012-13 Sevens season by wrapping up their 11th World Series title in spite of losing the Glasgow Sevens final to South Africa 21-28.
 


But coach Gordon Tietjens said two targets had been set, the World Series was one and the World Cup, to be played in Moscow from June 28-30 was the other. The last round of the World Series is in London next weekend.

"We've had a lot of new players and I am pleased for them," Tietjens said.

"To win with one round to go too is extra pleasing. A lot of credit goe4s to the team, they've committed a lot and it's an awesome feeling.

"We had nine new players in Hong Kong and we are building a depth which is now required on this World Series," he said.

New Zealand beat Argentina 42-10 in their quarter-final while South Africa beat the United States 22-5. New Zealand then beat Wales 26-14 while South Africa headed England 24-17.

South Africa scored first in the final but Lote Raikabula responded almost immediately and the scores were levelled when Tomasi Cama kicked the conversion. Kurt Baker scored just before the half-time break with Cama's conversion seeing New Zealand to a 14-7 lead.

Sherwin Stowers was sin-binned just over a minute into the second half and South Africa scored.

But New Zealand extended their lead moments later when Trinity Spooner-Neera with Gillies Kaka adding the conversion.

However, the traffic was all one way for the remainder as South Africa claimed a 28-21 win.

South African coach Paul Treu said after a season of highs and lows it was good to finish on a high.

"We are almost going to be the only team to win three tournaments up and until now. We had some bad moments, but those bad moments were needed to make up for our results towards the end of the season, and to give credit to our guys, and those back home, for having the faith and belief in the team that we could stay the distance," he said.


sasuke uchiha

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RE: All Blacks Sevens eye World Cup next,,,
May 07, 2013, 02:43:20

very smart words from gordon tiejens, while the other teams are playing for scraps, NZ have now locked up their 11th world series title, the one and ultimate goal.

now its time to focus all the fforts on winng the 7sWC.

winnign the london 7s would be nice, but priorities need to be made and with the 7sWC being the ultimate target, i say bleed some youngsters and give them a bigger role in the game. this will help with not only 7sWC preperations, but also with rio.

i wasnt very happy with cama when it came to that substitution, the team comes first u dumb [removed], and hes got no gas.
we need more speed and hopefully forbes and lam are fit by the time the 7sWC in russia gets here as that is the No1 priority on the nZ 7s calendar.


clevermike

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RE: All Blacks Sevens eye World Cup next,,,
May 07, 2013, 05:02:01

Sasue

Having won only one tournament this year is definitely not a good sign of things to come in Moscow.   It obviously can happen - but I do not think it happened the past two years either.   Signs are not good.    Unlike in the full version of the game - the AB sevens comprises  of too few players with real speed - they have strong runners - but have ben overhauled often by speedier players as well.   I would say a player like Ardie Savea would be a real asset in the shorter version of the game and could have a real impact in Mosow.   Perhaps they should draw him in for that purpose.   There are a few other players they should use as well - but that could be counter-productive also because unless players play that version of the game regualrly and even specializes in it - it may not work out. 

In a way - I think that there are problems for SA as well - but at least SA puts there faith in speed, ball sense and ball-handling ahead of everything else in this version of the game.  Wish they doi it in the full format of the game as well.

 


oimatey

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RE: All Blacks Sevens eye World Cup next,,,
May 08, 2013, 02:00:23

 Sevens is so tough to predict as far as a winner from one tournament to the next. You can see the top 12 or so teams are really getting more focused and organized with the Olympics approaching and I would think that they are going to keep getting better and better talent available to them as well. A lot of resources are made available to them domestically as well now that sevens is on the Olympic program.

 

Hopefully its a huge hit and stays there.

 


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