Treu salutes Blitzbokke
Springbok Sevens head coach Paul Treu heaped praise on his squad as South Africa finished in second place in the 2012/13 HSBC IRB World Sevens Series.
New Zealand won the series, with Fiji coming in third. The team needed to make the Cup quarter-finals in the last tournament of the current series, the London Sevens, to secure the second spot in the final standings.
This was done on Saturday in pool play with wins over Australia and France and although the team lost 19-14 to England in extra time of their Cup quarterfinal and 22-5 to the USA in the Plate semi-final on Sunday, Treu was a very happy coach.
"Obviously the aim was to win the series, but a range of crippling injuries and some inconsistent performances in Dubai, Wellington and Hong Kong cost us. It was very special though to be the only team on the circuit to win three tournaments and the only one to win consecutive ones," Treu said.
South Africa finished fifth last year and Treu attributed the improvement to the players commitment and hard work.
"We lost so many players due to injury at crucial times, but still the squad kept on working hard to achieve the results. We had our two main playmakers, Cecil Afrika and Branco du Preez available for only four tournaments this year. The fact that we used 25 players is testament to the injury problems we had," added Treu.
Eight players debuted during the current Sevens World Series.
"I am pleased for the new guys and it is building depth with regards to the future. The series was tougher than ever and for us to win three tournaments was special. I believe our season was a success," Treu said.