Treu praises Sevens charges

Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu says he is pleased with the progress his young side have made.

This, despite consecutive semi-final defeats, in Dubai and George (21-12 loss to Fiji).

“I think the team can be happy about being among the top three on the IRB rankings list after two tournaments,” Treu told Die Burger.

“We lost but we were not annihilated. Of course the lads are not happy, because we had a good chance of winning both the first two tournaments.

“We lost to New Zealand in the Dubai semi-finals. Then Fiji beat us in the semi-finals in George. But they are the two best Sevens teams in the world at present and I do not think we were embarrassed.”

“If you look at the countries that started building their teams two years ago, and you look at where we are now, there are many positives we can take from these two tournaments,” he added.

“The continuity we have now will certainly help us during the rest of the season.”

The Sevens Boks returned to their Stellenbosch base where they are in the process of preparing for the next leg of the series in Wellington, New Zealand.

“The guys will simply have to learn how to react in match situations; especially in a match such as the one against Fiji,” Treu said.

“We must learn how to handle pressure in the last few seconds.”