Treu: Players must enjoy every moment of win

(IRB.COM) Sunday 10 February 2013
 Treu: Players must enjoy every moment of win
South Africa's victory was their first since the 2011 USA Sevens

Paul Treu was delighted as his South Africa Sevens side won a second title in three years at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

Following a 40-21 victory against Series leaders New Zealand in the USA Sevens final, Treu and his players shed tears of joy after the final whistle.

"We haven't had this feeling for a while now, it's a while since we last won a Cup, so this is well deserved," said Treu.

"We put all the hard work in back in Stellenbosch, and every win gives you more confidence and hopefully we can build on this to use as a platform for the rest of the season.

"The team must enjoy every moment of this win."

With the return of the injured Branco du Preez, who scored 18 points in the final, and the experience of Frankie Horne and Paul Delport, South Africa's win means that five different teams have won the five tournaments on the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series.

"There are no words, it was just tremendous fight from the boys," added Delport.

"We said what happened last week, we would never forget that feeling because we set such high standards for ourselves, but we knew we had to come out and perform and we did."

Horne, who captained the side in the injured Kyle Brown's absence, said: "I am pretty stoked. The guys showed a lot of heart and it means a lot for us. We had a lot of injuries, but the guys that came in they stepped up to the plate, they brought their bit to the party, and it was a great party at the end of the day."


Nanyak Dala, Canada captain, on winning the Plate:
"It feels amazing, we have the home crowd support, the guys are playing well, and I am just made up. We get here and we can't get much free time because we know so many people that want to see us, so it is pretty much like a home tournament. We are pretty close team and we work hard together."

Frederic Pomarel, France coach, on winning the Bowl:
"In Sevens it is crazy, but I am happy because my players can fight in all the tournaments. My players played well and I am happy because these tournaments are difficult with the jetlag coming from France. We played well, not bad, and I think we are unlucky. I am happy for the players. Argentina France is difficult, only little points separate the teams."

Michael O'Connor, Australia coach, Shield winners:
"We haven't finished right at the bottom, it has been disappointing for us. But encouraging win against Kenya. It is a funny competition, England and Kenya finalists last week and down the bottom this week. We were fifth last week and we find ourselves down the bottom as well. Just goes to show how competitive this competition is."

Agustin Ormachea, Uruguay captain, on first win at USA Sevens: 
"This is great for us, we have been working hard for this win and it is excellent to get it."


Tomasi Cama, on reaching Cup semis and being New Zealand Sevens captain:
"We knew it would be tough. They deserve to be there, they did the hard yards and we knew they would come out firing for us. I am proud of the boys, they got up. We had a bit of a hard start, but we got there in the end. I just concentrate on my game and hopefully the boys will follow, I just want to do my talking on the field."

Timoci Wainiqolo, Fiji coach, on reaching the semi finals: "I am very proud of all the boys and I thank them for their hard work. It was a hard game, USA were playing well, they are coming up. Now we go back and prepare for the semi final, we want to be here, we play for our heart in Fiji."

Ben Ryan, England coach: "A little bit (baffled). We are really tired after last weekend, but both finalists from last weekend are in the Bowl, along with 50% of the quarter finalists. We tried to get back to where we were, but it was a tough weekend."

Pablo Feijoo, Spain captain, after beating Portugal in Bowl quarters:
"We feel a little better. We were very disappointed after losing to the USA to get to the Cup. Now we knew it would be hard, but 12-0 is a great score."

Carlin Isles, USA, on reaching Cup quarters:
"It feels good, I want to thank god for giving us the strength. It was very nice, a lot of people support more and I just want to show them how much I appreciate them by scoring tries. Very nice, I am very happy, and I am very grateful."

Stephen Gemmell, Scotland coach, on beating England to reach Cup quarters:
"I am immensely proud of the boys. We were disappointed not to finish it off against Fiji, but the boys deserve all the credit today. It was all about winning, it was a unique situation with all 16 teams still able to qualify, but we knew we could. It was nice to do it against England, but it would have been the same against anybody."

Paul Treu, SA Sevens coach, on 100% record in pool:
"This is like a day one, you have played all your pool games, but it means nothing if you don't progress through the Cup stages. We would like to get to another semi final at the end of today, so we will do everything in our power to get there."


Paul Delport, South Africa, on winning both matches on day one:
"Nice to get two on the board, we really wanted to start well, especially after last week. It was important. The guys aren't used to playing over three days so to build some momentum going into days two and three it is always great. The way we do it, it is day one game one, game two. Tomorrow it is day two game one, we are not worried if it is a pool game, or a quarter or a semi, every opponent we play against we respect them."

Frederico Sousa, Portugal coach (after victory against England):
"We feel good, a little bit happy with our morale up after a scrappy defeat against Scotland, we needed to turn it around and step up. I think the Series is very even, anyone can beat anyone and that shows by the results. We just need to consistent. For us it is very important, unfortunately we had that narrow loss against Scotland but we will fight back against Fiji."

Alex Magleby, USA Sevens coach (after defeat to Australia):
"It was a really dumb first half. We played a lot of crash ball that we didn't need to. Australia beat us up pretty good in the contact point. I thought they were playing the best rugby in the Series coming in here. There are some positives we can take, it is nice to play in front of a home crowd but we need to perform and that is what we've got to do."

Faamoni Lalomilo, Samoa coach (defending champions):
"It was really tough. Spain, they wanted to win the game, but I am happy with the boys, especially in the second half and by the end we won. We had to keep the ball and not to force the pass, to recycle the ball and take it wide and use it well. It is a second home, a big ground for Samoa, and the boys have to work hard for the fans too. It is not easy to defend the title, but we have to work hard on our plan."

Al Caravelli, former USA Sevens coach and current Philippines coach, on the Series so far:
"You look at some of the pools, I think it is pretty tough to see two of those teams, look at Fiji last week go down to the Bowl competition for the first time, and then Canada beating them. Kenya beating New Zealand too on home soil, that is phenomenal. The Series goes from strength to strength, and it is super exciting as a fan. I am not in the Series, it gives me a different perspective, and you pick up so many different aspects of the game. I feel like I am still in the Series, but without the pressure."

Las Vegas Sevens

Round 5
13-15 February 2015
Sam Boyd Stadium
City: Las Vegas
Capacity: 36,800

Pool A
Pool B
Pool C
Pool D
  • Cecil Afrika
  • South Africa won the USA Sevens
  • Zack Test, USA