Treu eyeing Griffons pivot

 Dec 20,2012
Written by: Editor

Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu is eager to utilise Griffons fly-half Hansie Graaff for the remainder of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Graaff - who was named Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year at the SARU awards function - impressed Treu with his performances while playing for the Cheetahs in last weekend's inaugural NBM Sevens Premier League competition in George.

The 23-year-old was also part of the Blitzbokke squad earlier this year but could not play due to a shoulder injury.

He is part of the Cheetahs' wider training group for next year's Super Rugby competition but will be called up for sevens duty should he not make the Bloemfontein-based franchise's final squad.

"He is the ideal player," Treu told Die Burger's website.

"He is nimble, can kick well, his skills are good and he's big. You don't see that often at fly-half.

"For me he is the ideal payer. I had a chat with Hawies Fourie (Cheetahs' back-line coach) and they will decide how their group will pan out.

"If he's not in their group, he'll definitely be joining us."

Treu also called up two stalwarts of the Maties Sevens team to train with his squad in Stellenbosch. Stefan de Villiers and Josh Bassingthwaighte were both key members of Stellenbosch University's side that won the first Varsity Sports Sevens title.

The duo also caught Treu's eye while representing the Mighty Mohicans at the NBM Sevens Premier League tounament.

Treu received good news when it was revealed that Free State wing Jamba Ulengo has recovered after an injury lay-off, but Blitzbokke captain Kyle Brown (broken ankle) will miss the rest of the Sevens World Series.

 Branco du Preez (hamstring) and Cecil Afrika are also doubtful for the next event in Wellington, New Zealand in February.

The Blitzbokke are currently fourth in the overall Sevens World Series standings after three events. They are 19 points adrift of pacesetters New Zealand.


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