George Sevens Preview

December 5, 2008
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Rugby365 previews this weekends Dubai Sevens from George.

Dubai champions South Africa have set their sights on a first ever home triumph when the International Rugby Board’s Sevens Series moves to George this weekend.

Hosts South Africa have never won on home soil, but their victory against England in Dubai a week ago has given Paul Treu’s men an extra spring to their step.

Added motivation should also come from the fact the South Africans have never made it past the quarterfinals of the ensuing tournament after a victorious one, let alone won more than one tournament per Sevens Series.

“It’s always special playing in front of your own supporters and George is a special place for us,” said SA Sevens coach, Paul Treu.

“We owe our fans a victory and they can be assured we will be doing everything in our power to give them the win they’ve been waiting for. There is a burning desire in this team to finally win at home, more so now following our victory in Dubai last weekend.”

Treu will, however, have to do without one of his most experienced campaigners on Friday and Saturday after forward Marius Schoeman injured his wrist in Dubai.

Treu has turned to the young and inexperienced Ian Aadendorff and Mlindazwe Nqoro as back-up.

But while the team he will field throughout the two days is far less experienced than was the case last season – he has also lost Fabian Juries – he will still have the likes of captain Mzwandile Stick to call on for inspiration, as well as SA Sevens Player of the Year, Renfred Dazel.

Stick was in fabulous form in Dubai, with his outstanding drop-kicking a stand-out feature.

“There’s a lot of confidence in the players and they not only believe in themselves, but those men around them too,” added Treu.

Stick was instrumental in ensuring South Africa progressed to the Cup final last weekend, when his last-gasp conversion against Fiji in the semifinal forced the match into extra-time, before landing a monster drop-goal to see his team through.

The Boks then beat England 19-12 in the final to capture their third Dubai title.

But if South Africa are to go all the way here, they had better beware of a wounded New Zealand.

The Kiwis came up short against England in the semifinals a week ago and will be keen to make up for that slip-up by defending their George title.

The men from New Zealand dominated the Sevens circuit last year, and have especially done well in George.

They, together with England and the likes of Fiji, Samoa and even Argentina, will be out to ensure this will be no fairytale start to the new season for Treu and his charges.

Lest we forget England, who have impressed all and sundry with a resurgent amount of self-belief, or so it seemed in Dubai, that gave them the prowess to topple New Zealand in the semifinals last weekend.

It’s [self-belief] something we’ve worked on and there’s various things we’ve done to accentuate that…everything we’ve done has come from the players,” said England Sevens coach, Ben Ryan.

“Even at 0-12 down in the final [last weekend], we were very relaxed and thought we were going to win…it didn’t work out that way!

“But we were certainly in with a shout and I think the boys have got that self-belief now, backed up with some decent performances so we can only get better.”

Sporting some exciting youngsters, South African fans can look forward to seeing how former Ikeys and SA Under-20 wing Matthew Turner fares in England colours. He’ll be making his debut with Rees Crane, touted as the quickest man in the Bath squad, while 18-year-old Charlie Simpson-Daniel is sure to be another crowd-pleaser.

England also made their mark without the likes of Ben Gollings last weekend – the most capped player in the England Sevens outfit.

“It wasn’t an issue [that Gollings didn't play], none of the boys were really worried about it…whereas before the tournament, one player I wouldn’t want to have missing is Ben,” added Ryan.

“It’s part of the bullet-proof model that we’re trying to get at. It really didn’t affect us [last weekend], and Ben is now fit for this weekend which is great.”

Hosted at the picturesque Outeniqua Park, the George Sevens promises to provide another enthralling weekend of fast-paced action, and as New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens so rightly put it, “it’s anyone’s tournament.”

Day One schedule:
(Kick-off is local time – GMT + 2 hours)

Match 1: Fiji v Scotland 11:37
Match 2: Argentina v Zimbabwe 11:59
Match 3: Samoa v Wales 12:21
Match 4: Kenya v Portugal 12:43
Match 5; New Zealand v France 13:05
Match 6: England v Tunisia 13:27
Match 7: South Africa v USA 13:49
Match 8: Australia v Georgia 14:11
Match 9: Fiji v Zimbabwe 14:43
Match 10: Argentina v Scotland 15:05
Match 11: Samoa v Portugal 15:27
Match 12: Kenya v Wales 15:49
Match 13: New Zealand v Tunisia 16:11
Match 14: England v France 16:33
Match 15: South Africa v Georgia 16:55
Match 16: Australia v USA 17:17
Match 17: Scotland v Zimbabwe 17:49
Match 18: Wales v Portugal 18:11
Match 19: France v Tunisia 18:33
Match 20: USA v Georgia 18:55
Match 21: Fiji v Argentina 19:32
Match 22: Samoa v Kenya 19:54
Match 23: New Zealand v England 20:16
Match 24: South Africa v Australia 20:38

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62 Comments

  1. avatar Morné says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Latest results:

    11 05-12-2008 15:27 Samoa 17 – 19 Portugal GEO Pool D
    10 05-12-2008 15:05 Argentina 14 – 0 Scotland GEO Pool C
    9 05-12-2008 14:43 Fiji 24 – 14 Zimbabwe GEO Pool C
    8 05-12-2008 14:11 Australia 26 – 5 Georgia GEO Pool B
    7 05-12-2008 13:49 South Africa 24 – 0 USA GEO Pool B
    6 05-12-2008 13:27 England 42 – 7 Tunisia GEO Pool A
    5 05-12-2008 13:05 New Zealand 40 – 5 France GEO Pool A
    4 05-12-2008 12:43 Kenya 12 – 14 Portugal GEO Pool D
    3 05-12-2008 12:21 Samoa 31 – 5 Wales GEO Pool D
    2 05-12-2008 11:59 Argentina 26 – 12 Zimbabwe GEO Pool C
    1 05-12-2008 11:37 Fiji 31 – 0 Scotland GEO Pool C

  2. avatar Ollie says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Portugal beat Samoa 8O

  3. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    And they beat Kenya!
    May even lead to the Porra
    women having a shave.
    :wink:

  4. avatar Ollie says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 4:34 pm:

    Would that be after they got off the field so that they could attract the opposition? :twisted:

  5. avatar Minora says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Reply to Ollie @ 4:36 pm:
    Bwahahahah

  6. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    :lol:

    You probably know this one:

    Q: How did the first Porras come to SA?
    A: They swam.
    Q: And the others?
    A: They followed the oil slick.

  7. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    POLL ON SPORT24

    After watching Frans Steyn’s woeful flyhalf performance for the Barbarians, his best position is:

    38 % Fullback
    21 % Inside centre
    21 % On the bench as an impact player
    7 % He’s not worthy of international consideration
    9 % He had a bad day, he’s human
    4 % Sorry, can’t comment, missed the match

  8. avatar Minora says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 8:15 pm:
    I think there was a typo – Should have read:

    83% Fullback

  9. avatar JT - :boxing: says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Naand!! Anyone watching Biarritz v Cardiff?

  10. avatar Minora says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 7:57 pm:
    Chuckle!

    Gooi some more plz.

  11. avatar Minora says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Not quite related to this thread but OJ Simpson sentenced for 15 years for kidnapping and armed robbery.

  12. avatar Minora says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Reply to JT – :boxing: @ 9:56 pm:
    Naand JT – Nope, watching Ulster v Llanelli

  13. avatar Minora says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    :ghost: site

  14. avatar JT - :boxing: says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Reply to Minora @ 10:07 pm:

    What the score??

    Blues are having a hard time :-( 3-7 down at the moment and I have 20 Euro on the Blues :realangry:

  15. avatar Minora says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Reply to JT – :boxing: @ 10:31 pm:
    Ulster 10 Llanelli 6 Nothing much happening for Ulster.

    Hope for your sake the Blues pull it through – I lost some moollas on the Fookin Baabaas!!! :1up:

  16. avatar JT - :boxing: says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Reply to Minora @ 10:35 pm:

    bloody Steyn cost me 10Euro :-(
    Anyway have 20 on Blues and 10 on Scarlets!
    Both are behind so far :cuckoo:

  17. avatar Minora says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Sorry – Nothing happening for LLANELLI, Ulster just scored their 2nd try.

    Ulster 15 Llanelli 6

  18. avatar JT - :boxing: says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Reply to Minora @ 10:38 pm:

    :poop: :1up:
    Ag nee man :-(

  19. avatar Minora says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Reply to JT – :boxing: @ 10:37 pm:
    What are the odds on the Scarlets?

  20. avatar JT - :boxing: says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Reply to Minora @ 10:43 pm:

    2,45 on Scarlets
    1,18 on Blues – Now 9-10 for Biarritz

  21. avatar Minora says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Good Luck – I’m out.
    :cheers:

  22. avatar JT - :boxing: says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Blues 12-10 :mrgreen:

  23. avatar JT - :boxing: says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Blues 15-10!

  24. avatar JT - :boxing: says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Reply to JT – :boxing: @ 11:05 pm:

    OMG TMO made a huge F-up! That ball was clearly over but DG not given! :cuckoo:

  25. avatar JT - :boxing: says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Biarritz score a try instead :-(
    15-17!

  26. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    SEVENS

    Blitsbokke beat OZmob
    17-7.
    Play Poms in the quarters.

  27. avatar JT - :boxing: says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 11:12 pm:

    Good!

  28. avatar JT - :boxing: says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Blues 18-17

  29. avatar JT - :boxing: says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Blues 21-17
    3min

  30. avatar JT - :boxing: says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Ulster 26
    Scarlets 16
    Final score :-(

    Blues won :-)

  31. avatar newbokshields says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Hey lads sorry for the late post. Bit worried over the england game.

    Really wish the media would give a bit more attention to the sevens code?

    Also wish they would move the SA tourny up north a bit? or at least to Durbs?

  32. avatar JT - :boxing: says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Reply to newbokshields @ 11:59 pm:

    What does the crowd loom like at George?
    You think they could fill Kingspark?

  33. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 3:52 am

    Reply to newbokshields @ 11:59 pm:

    Durbs gets all the S14 and CC finals :wink:

  34. avatar wiLLem says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 3:52 am:

    Eish

    For sure there is a new draft of hot air in town!

  35. avatar wiLLem says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 8:51 am

    On being controversial

    Quite a funny excerpt from an finance arti on news24.

    “Power went on to say that the US dollar has been strong for all the wrong reasons. “Expect dollar weakness, a weakness compounded by the gradual erosion of its reserve currency status.”

    As the European economy is also fading, the euro is not an enticing alternative.

    Countries such as Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain (Pigs) have large current account deficits and low levels of growth, which have been accentuated by the global economic meltdown.

    Power said: “Hard-working Germans are not prepared to bail out the Pigs.” ”

    But hail the porra’s, beating France and now Samoa

    Not shabby at all!!

  36. avatar wiLLem says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 9:04 am

    IQ scores of US presidents
    Published: Thursday, 4 December, 2008

    Washington – In a published report, the Lovenstein Institute of Scranton, Pennsylvania has detailed findings of a four month study of the intelligence quotient of President George W. Bush. Since 1973, the Lovenstein Institute has published its research to the education community on each new president, which includes the famous “IQ” report among others.

    According to statements in the report, there have been twelve presidents over the past 60 years, from F. D. Roosevelt to G. W. Bush who were all rated based on scholarly achievements, writings that they alone produced without aid of staff, their ability to speak with clarity, and several other psychological factors which were then scored in the Swanson/Crain system of intelligence ranking. The study determined the following IQs of each president as accurate to within five percentage points:

    147 Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)
    132 Harry Truman (D)
    122 Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)
    174 John F. Kennedy (D)
    126 Lyndon B. Johnson (D)
    155 Richard M. Nixon (R)
    121 Gerald R. Ford (R)
    176 James E. Carter (D)
    105 Ronald W. Reagan (R)
    98 George H. W. Bush (R)
    182 William J. Clinton (D)
    91 George W. Bush (R)

    The six Republican presidents of the past 60 years had an average IQ of 115.5, with President Nixon having the highest IQ, at 155. President G. W. Bush was rated the lowest of all the Republicans with an IQ of 91.

    The six Democrat presidents had IQs with an average of 156, with President Clinton having the highest IQ, at 182. President Lyndon B. Johnson was rated the lowest of all the Democrats with an IQ of 126.

    No president other than Carter (D) has released his actual IQ, 176. Among comments made concerning the specific testing of President GW Bush, his low ratings were due to his apparent difficulty to command the English language in public statements, his limited use of vocabulary (6,500 words for Bush versus an average of 11,000 words for other presidents), his lack of scholarly achievements other than a basic MBA, and an absence of any body of work which could be studied on an intellectual basis.

    The complete report documents the methods and procedures used to arrive at these ratings, including depth of sentence structure and voice stress confidence analysis. “All the Presidents prior to George W. Bush had a least one book under their belt, and most had written several white papers during their education or early careers.

    Not so with President Bush,” Dr. Lovenstein said. “He has no published works or writings, so in many ways that made it more difficult to arrive at an assessment. We had to rely more heavily on transcripts of his unscripted public speaking.”

    The Lovenstein Institute of Scranton Pennsylvania think tank includes high caliber historians, psychiatrists, sociologists, scientists in human behavior, and psychologists. Among their ranks are Dr. Werner R. Lovenstein, world-renowned sociologist, and Professor Patricia F. Dilliams, a world-respected psychiatrist. This study was commissioned on February 13, 2001, and released on July 9, 2001, to subscribing member universities and organizations within the education community.

    PS: The IQ of President-Elect Barack Obama has not been released yet , but estimates range between 130 and 148, but many claim it should be way higher . No doubt the Lovenstein Institute will soon tell us

  37. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 10:48 am

    But hail the porra’s
    ======
    Next lady for a shave.

    Vir Minora:

    V: Hoekom het die Porra-meisies snorre?
    A: Hulle wil soos hul ma’s lyk.

  38. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    :ghost:
    Het iemand die site gesluit?
    Hoekom weet ek niks daarvan nie?

  39. avatar DavidS Die Nuwe Pappa says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Nee ek’s hier Boerman

  40. avatar DavidS Die Nuwe Pappa says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    South Africa 17 – 10 England
    Fiji 19 – 12 Samoa
    Portugal 19 – 28 Argentina
    New Zealand 36 – 7 USA
    Australia 33 – 21 Tunisia
    Zimbabwe 24 – 26 Wales
    Kenya 19 – 15 Scotland
    France 33 – 15 Georgia

    Boere to face the Fijians in the semis

  41. avatar DavidS Die Nuwe Pappa says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Okay my trick in Sevens is to see how many culturally insensitive things I can say about different nationalities

    Boere beat Poms
    Mensvreters had it out with each other
    Sea negroes lost to slime walkers
    Little sheep shaggers beat c–ck suckers
    Big sheep shaggers beat camel shaggers
    Cholera border jumpers lost to coal faces
    Veldt runners beat haggis vereters
    Snail eaters beat commies

  42. avatar DavidS Die Nuwe Pappa says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Georgia….

    What the Austrians were to Hitler they were to Stalin

  43. avatar DavidS Die Nuwe Pappa says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Yellow bastards 22-14 up against England West

  44. avatar DavidS Die Nuwe Pappa says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Now 22-19 as England’s oldest colony tries it on with their convict colony!

  45. avatar DavidS Die Nuwe Pappa says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    And daar wen die tronkvoels…

  46. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Hoe laat is die Boere
    se volgende game?

    (Mind you, maar min Boere
    in daai span.)

  47. avatar DavidS Die Nuwe Pappa says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    USA 7 – 24 Portugal
    Wales 19 – 22 Australia
    France 19 – 14 Kenya

    Bowertjie

    So 16:40

  48. avatar Guzzi says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 3:43 pm: 16h38

  49. avatar DavidS Die Nuwe Pappa says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Ja Boertjie

    Daai aanmerking was veronderstel om kultureel onsensitief te wees

  50. avatar DavidS Die Nuwe Pappa says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Kiwi wannabe mensvreters op 19-10 teen die kolonie kommuniste

  51. avatar DavidS Die Nuwe Pappa says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Nou 19-15 as the non bathers pull one back with time running out in the second half

    Probably the Cannibals steered clear of tackling because of the stink from sweaty underarms from the Poms

  52. avatar Minora says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 10:48 am:
    :muahaha:

  53. avatar DavidS Die Nuwe Pappa says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Madre Dios

    We went offline in the most exciting part of the comp!

    Okay npow in case any Saffas live on Mars and by some quirk of weird nature they missed anything

    The Bokke first managed to beat the Fijians in a PK of 21-7 in the semis

    The Kiwis also won to set up the ‘dream final”

    Well what a final it was too.

    The Kiwis drew first blood as they shrugged off the Bok defenders.

    However, the Bokke managed to pull a try back before the horn as Gio Aplon casually slipped through two giant sheep tattooed shaggers to sprint away at the last defenders. He came up, drew the tackle and crisply put put Ranfred Dazel into a straight sprint for the line which he won.

    Stick fails the conversion.

    Second half is a ding dong affair with defence dominating more than anything. Dazel made some stupid decisions, which lead to his being subbed with Paul Delport who immediately showed wads of flair and calm as scrumhalf and playmaker.

    The Boks were particularly diggicult for the Kiwis to deal with scrum time and ruck time with guys like Gio Aplon brilliantly isolating floor bound Kiwis and then leaping to their feet to compete.

    And this also lead to the last try that sealed the match as the Boks outscrummed a Kiwi defensive scrum five metres from their line and the ball popping up for Mzwandile Stick to glide through the Kiwi defence to score and convert for a five point lead.

    And that kiddies is how it stayed.

    To have the Bokke delight thousands of deliriously happy holidaymakers with their first George win at Outeniqua Park.

    Oh yeah.

    In the Bowl game the Poms managed to outscore the Porras

    In the Plate game the Frogs managed to beat the Convicts in their pretty yellow and green jerseys.

  54. avatar Minora says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Well done Bok Sevens!!! Kicked some Kiwi Ass!!!
    :wave: :boks: :wave:

  55. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    :boks:

    Spare a thought for those
    poor homegrown All Black
    supporters in a sea of green.

    No wait, rather f**k them!

    Some things I don’t understand.

    Black coach, black captain, more
    than half the team black.

    Oh, I get it: must have been
    apartheid’s fault that they
    themselves were to fookin poor
    to make their school’s 5th team.

    :rant:
    over.

    :boks:

  56. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    V: Hoekom staan daar altyd ‘n
    nagemmer in die hoek op ‘n
    Porra troue?

    A: Om die vlieë van die bruid
    af te hou.

  57. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Mind you, daai Porra-span
    het my nogal beïndruk.
    Moes iewers geleer het om
    die game te speel.

  58. avatar Minora says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 9:01 pm:
    Ek het dit ook so gesien. Wat de f*k soek hulle daar – net k*k as jy my vra! Hoe kan ‘n mens probeer vorentoe gaan as sommige d*se nog die verlede selektief onthou? Dit pis my af!!!!
    :evil: :evil: :realangry: : bigfinger:

  59. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Die ironie is natuurlik dat
    NSL die laaste span is wat
    hier kom toer het – ’86
    Kavaliers, wat op twee na ‘n
    volle AB-span was.

    Beste is maar om hulle jammer
    te kry, en dan te ignoreer.

  60. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    December 7th, 2008 at 5:37 am

    Well they look like even bigger p03se now that the Boks thumped Fiji and then beat NZ to take the title… impressive stuff…

  61. avatar JT - :boxing: says:
    December 7th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Bokke looked awesome, never ooked like loosing in George, even against the mighty kiwis!

    Anyay – here a TV clip of our girls team and their new calendar!
    http://ondemand.orf.at/bheute/player.php…offset=00:15:18

  62. avatar The Brand says:
    December 7th, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    “Perpignan’s Philip Burger, eccentrically dressed in black tights, endured a nightmare at full-back with handling errors and missed tackles galore, and it was from one of his mistakes that Leicester stretched clear again.”

    Sien hy is steeds besig met sy nar streke ;-) :cuckoo:

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