In the Hot Seat - Springboks Sevens coach Paul Treu
March 14, 2013
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Your Question: Hi Coach Well done to you and the team for your win in Vegas, as the world cup is this year will your planning change or will you still see it as just another tournament.Or would you take this as a way of planning for 2016 as the focus is win at all cost with the goal being the World Cup. Thanks for your time, good luck for the rest of your season. Iain

Paul Answers: Hi Iain, the Sevens Rugby World Cup is a major target for us and we will not treat it as just another tournament. We don’t have a very good record at the Sevens RWC and I know all our rugby fans would like to see us do well in Moscow. Many thanks for your support and good wishes.

Your Question: Hi Paul Eerstens groete aan jou en die span.Wil net graag voorstel wat jul kan doen aan die balle wat nie vinnig genoeg by die agterlyn afgaan nie.Implimenteer die plan,toe julle die reeks gewen het:vinnige eerste fase bal wat die verdedigers nie toelaat om hul verdedigings lyne te herorganiseer nie. Gansbaai groete, Sammy Brett

Paul Answers: Dankie vir die ondersteuning en goeie raad Sammy, ons probeer altyd om elke wedstryd beter te speel maar verskillende teenstanders verlangs soms dat jy jou taktiek moet verander.

Oor die vinnige bal, die spanne is baie meer kompeterend by die afbreekpunte as in 2009 toe ons die reeks gewen. Met die gevolg is dat die bal baie stadiger gemaak word. Ons het die spanne bietjie onkant gevang in 2009 met ons spoed na die afbreekpunte en hulle het mettertyd vinniger aangepas.

Your Question: Hi Paul you think SA rugby is doing enough for sevens back home to produce more quality players for to choose from as feel SA 7s is not high up on the picking order... It's seems 7s is still below Vodacom cup & with the World Cup 7s coming up quality players like Liam Messiam (NZ) making themselves available. Cheers. Name: Bronson

Paul Answers: Hi Bronson, we have a lot of Sevens structures in place compared to a few years ago. Sevens are growing all the time but it will take a while before it comes somewhere close to the following and media attention of 15-man rugby, which is massive in South Africa.

Your Question: Hi Paul, Congratulations with your victory in Las Vegas and best of luck in the tournaments to come. I have 2 questions 1)Whom do you foresee to take over Frankie's duties when he retires? 2) Do you have a say when franchises try to pry players away from the 7's format? Name: Trixi Scott

Paul Answers: Hi there, I hope Frankie still have a few years left in the tank! He has been in good form and is such a good competitor. The issue of availability is something we are working on all the time – and here I mean us as a management team, SARU and the franchises and provinces. We always strive to take into account the benefit of the Sevens team, the player and the province or franchise.

Your Question: Hi Paul. Really impressed with how Warren Whitely has improved, so well done! Why are players like Boom and S'bura Sithole not in the side anymore? Is it because they have preferred to play 15's or have they lost their place in the side? Tshotsho seems to be lacking confidence. He does not take on the defence or step nearly as much as he used to, which is disappointing because he has very quick feet and we lack penetration when Branco and Cecil aren't around. Is this because of his injury or has he been told to not be too individualistic with ball in hand? There was a massive amount of self-belief and confidence in the side when we played NZ in the final in Las Vegas, something which has been holding us back in previous encounters. What was different about the mental approach to the game this time? Name: Blake

Paul Answers: Thanks Blake – Warren has done really well for us during his stay with us – he recently returned to the MTN Lions. Boom is with the Toyota Cheetahs and S’bu is in Durban with The Sharks. Tshotsho is still young and learning all the time. Regarding our win in Las Vegas – we had an honest, open talk and a hard look at ourselves and admitted we needed to perform much better, which we did.

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