Treu: "We go home to SA a happy team"

(IRB.COM) Sunday 31 March 2013
 Treu: "We go home to SA a happy team"
Cornal Hendricks scored a try in the final of the Tokyo Sevens - Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima

South Africa head coach Paul Treu heaped praise on his side after they beat New Zealand for the second time this season in a Cup final.

Having beaten Gordon Tietjens' side in the USA final in Las Vegas, this encounter was closer in a cold Tokyo as South Africa came from 12-0 behind to win 24-19 thanks to three tries and a penalty, a result which lifts them into second in the Series.

"It is unbelievable," said Treu.

"For us we have been so unlucky throughout the year, and to come back again after a disappointing tournament in Hong Kong, to bounce back and give a performance like that is great.

"It is not everyday you beat New Zealand twice in the final. It is good momentum going into the RWC Sevens in Moscow.

"Every win you have to take, and we can go back to South Africa as a happy team. For us we are going to enjoy this win tonight."


Alex Magleby, USA coach, Plate winners:
"We had some close games, the guys were exhausted, our captain and our fast men are injured. But the guys kept working, they kept grinding and for us it important for us to learn how to do that. It is nice to get a trophy and get some points, and it will be a battle when we get to Glasgow."

Ben Ryan, England coach, Bowl winners:
"It is good they learn from their errors. We controlled our first two games and I honesty think we should have beaten Australia on day one. We want to get onto our home patch, a few guys coming back from injury so we will finish hard. Dan Norton has been in electric form, top of the try charts, but he works the hardest too. That Rugby World Cup Sevens becomes even more important now."

Geraint John, Canada coach, Shield winners:
"I think that is the big thing we spoke about when we unfortunately lost to Kenya this morning [important Series points]. Now we are in a battle and we have to fight and show some character which I think we showed in those last two matches. It is a bit of a battler going to Glasgow but I think we would prefer to be in our position than the other teams."

Jamie Henry, Japan Sevens:
"For me it has been a roller coaster, going home for Dad's funeral, then flying back to be with the team. To play with them in front of a home crowd is something special and something I will cherish. The support has been tremendous but for me it is just for my Dad."

Stephen Gemmell, Scotland coach, on defeating Samoa:
"That is as good as we have been. USA did their job against Fiji, we have to deal with ourselves. Massive disappointed against France with a golden opportunity but the boys have bounced back well."

Frankie Horne, SA captain after victory against Samoa:
"That was a tough match, credit to Samoa they made us work very hard for it. Something special for us to come back from last weekend to this weekend. It is just amazing."

England's hat-trick hero Dan Norton:
"The way we train, we want to be higher up, we want to be winning our games. It is always hard coming out in the second day knowing you have to play in the Bowl, but you have to do as well as you can, and we want to build some momentum ahead of the last two tournaments."


Gordon Tietjens, NZ coach, on three from three:
"Seven out of 10 for our performance today, we are looking for that perfect 10 but you won't get it in such a competitive Series now. Doesn't look good for DJ Forbes or Sam Dickson, but we will see how they come through. You never know, we have a pretty good physic. It is tough conditions and some people have struggled, but tomorrow is another day."

Stephen Gemmell, Scotland coach, unbeaten on day one:
"We were disappointed in Hong Kong and we know we have a huge fight at the bottom and we you just saw how much it means to both teams there. But we go through unbeaten which is credit to the players and tomorrow is another day. Safety is in our hands, in it is in our destiny, we are 12th, and if we stay there we are safe."

Ben Ryan, England coach, on a disappointing day one:
"We controlled the first opening two games and let them slip. You can't concentrate for 95% of the game and let the 5% slip. It is hard to explain, we haven't been good enough in some of these tournaments and if you are not in the money you are not going to win."

Mike Friday, Kenya coach, after victory v USA:
"We are fighting for our lives here. We weren't good enough in game one.  A few issues in the contact area but I wasn't happy with the effort and endeavor which I expect when you pull on the Kenyan shirt. But we saw that in that match. If we win against Wales I think we will have done enough, but that last try by USA could be important."

Jamie Henry on Japan's win and his debut try:
"It was hectic, but the support we are getting at home is a real motivational factor. It was a good first win. We bounced back and we will benefit from it for the second game. I dedicate my try to my dad. I didn't make it to Hong Kong because he passed when the team was named, I chose to go home, but I am proud to put the Japanese shirt on and am looking forward to the next game."