Tietjens: "It's an awesome birthday present"

(IRB.COM) Sunday 9 December 2012
 Tietjens: "It's an awesome birthday present"
New Zealand have won seven of the last nine titles in South Africa

New Zealand won their fourth successive Cup title on South African soil after beating France in the Cup final, giving head coach Gordon Tietjens an extra special present.

Tietjens' side has a rich history in South Africa, winning nine of the 14 titles in South Africa and the head coach heaped praise on his side that delivered again on his birthday.

"It was an awesome birthday present," said the New Zealand head coach. "I have had a lot of luck with the team in the last four years to win on my birthday.

"It was important [to win after losing two finals]. We talked about it, we were beaten by a good Samoa last time, beaten by Fiji in Australia. We had to win this one."

"You never underestimate the French either, coming into a final they have as good a chance as any so to win it convincingly in the end was awesome."

Captain DJ Forbes also admitted their seventh win in nine years, which leaves them 14 points clear at the top of the World Series standings, was as good as any.

"It was pretty special," admitted Forbes. "The boys seemed to turn it on and we probably needed this one.

"There is no feeling like winning. Winning here at our home away from home so to speak is awesome. We have been consistently performing, but to finally get the win is awesome.

"We had a bit of pressure on us and to do it four times in a row with supporters like this expecting it is awesome and a lot of credit goes to the boys for being able to do it under pressure."

SA Sevens: Day two highlights


Frederic Pomarel, France coach, on his team and the tournament: "It was a very strange tournament and my team is very strange. I think it was a very difficult pool for France, only one victory, but with many points against Australia it was enough. The second day is always another day. I think my player are not very in place with the ball, but without the ball they are big fighters."

Andres Ramagnoli, Argentina Sevens coach: "It was for us a good tournament, very hard for us, our pool was hard too. But we won two matches and lost against Kenya, so we made a good performance and beat Fiji in the quarter final which was important for us. In the semi final maybe we could have won but we lost."

Paul John, Wales coach, Plate winners:
"The boys have responded tremendously well from our performance in Gold Coast where I think we were 11th or 12th, and we have to be pleased with that. Two big performances, we were taught a lesson against New Zealand this morning and that is the standard we have to get to, but it was a tremendous weekend to back up what we did last weekend."

Michael O'Connor, Australia coach, Bowl winners:
"For me we started yesterday to where we finished a marked improvement so very happy. We were in a tough pool and we didn't start well. France were good and they are in a final, we had South Africa, we had Samoa. France won one game yesterday and they are in a final. I am never happy playing in a Bowl, and it is always good to beat Samoa, they are a quality side."

Paul Treu, SA Sevens coach, after Cup semi final defeat to New Zealand: "This is by no means a disgrace, they really put everything out there on the park. New Zealand have played in two finals, and there is a reason they are the best in the world. For our young boys they had the first taste of what it is like playing in front of a home crowd and this is what you want, you want to give them positive memories. Unfortunately this time it wasn't meant to be but hard lessons learnt and we just want to take as much out of this tournament as we can."

Bruce Hobson, Zimbabwe team manager: "It is never easy for us to come from the outside and to play essentially as an amateur union in a professional environment, but this is our opening and we just need to make the most of it. The intensity is great, you don't appreciate it until you are pitchside, but I salute the players for what they put in, it is huge huge effort."

Humphrey Kayange, Kenya: "They have been playing very well so I have been getting back to the system. It involves a lot of hard work to catch up with the guys where they are and just play your role. Mike has done amazing work, with two semi finals in the first two tournaments, the boys are bigger, stronger, faster, it has been good watching from the sides and it has been impressive from the team. I really want to be back as soon as possible and to enjoy all of this.

Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens

Round 3
13-14 December 2014
Venue: Port Elizabeth Bay Stadium
City: Port Elizabeth
Capacity: 48,459

  • Emirates RWC Worldwide Partner
  • Cecil Afrika, South Africa
  • Frankie Horne