Forward thinking Treu


South Africa’s Sevens coach Paul Treu will use his Apple iPad to monitor the performance of his players during matches in the upcoming HSBC Sevens World Series, which starts this weekend.


Die Burger newspaper reports that the Blitzbokke are the first side in the world to make use of “live” match analysis on iPads during games.

The team only uses Apple products and they recently acquired six brand new Mac Book computers to enable the players to do their match analysis together.

Treu apparently has a massive interest in the connection between successful business people and continued success in professional sports. This has prompted him to set up a number of sport specific and performance goals for the players, which get transferred into software in charts on the computers.

The team’s manager, Sebastian Prim, will transfer figures and impressions into a computer during matches which will then become visible on Treu’s iPad. Treu will then be able to determine next to the field if his players are reaching their specific goals. If they fail, the coach can give feedback at half-time and directly after the game, which will – according to Treu – improve the adaptability and learning of his players.

The Blitzbokke start their Sevens World Series challenge this weekend at the Gold Coast in Australia. The squad was announced on Wednesday.

The Springbok Sevens team for round 1 of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Australia:

1. Chris Dry
2. Kyle Brown (captain)
3. Frankie Horne
4. Boom Prinsloo
5. Chase Minnaar
6. Paul Delport
7. Renfred Dazel
8. Mark Richards
9. Steven Hunt
10. Bernado Botha
11. Robert Ebersohn
12. Cecil Afrika

The fixtures on day one (to be televised live on SuperSport, with SA times):

06h47: SA vs. USA
09h53: SA vs. Japan
13h36: SA vs. Australia

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  1. “Die Burger newspaper reports that the Blitzbokke are the first side in the world to make use of “live” match analysis on iPads during games.”

    Well that’s just plain hogwash but anyway… teams have been using ‘live’ analysis on the field for eons now!

    I like the way Treu turned around the woeful performances and came back to finish the log (albeit with a few shockers)… but he seems to have fallen back to type with 5 of his backs in the 70kg’s and two at 86kg’s… better get the mix right on the day or else the Samoans, Fijians, English, Kiwi’s (whose backs average 90kg’s and up are going to steam-roll them…

    Either way I’ll be up on the Coast watching them take on Aus in their first game… going to be a massive tournament if current proceedings up there are anything to go by…

  2. I’m a huge Apple fan and owns enough of their products to open a shop but I don’t believe the iPad to be the right choice here. I use iPad and Android tablets every day and I believe Android to be better suited to these things. Android is open so anyone can develop for it (Java) and load apps without going through an online market and approval process. It is also far easier to transfer data between devices. Treu is pushing his personal fettishes here.

  3. One has to wonder how guys like Newton and Einstein managed to be scientific and forward thinking without iPads.

    I guess perhaps it was possible. Just not very cool.

  4. They say that when Steve Jobs woke up in the afterlife he saw a beautiful green hill, blue sky with white clouds and thought: “Oh shit I’m in Windows.”

  5. use of “live” match analysis on iPads, yeah maybe Ipads but as Bryce points out this has been going on for ages.
    Crusaders trailed GPS technology on each player so you could see the running metres etc…

    How many chances is Treu to be given before he gets the punt?

  6. Reply to Kevin_rack @ 11:27 pm:

    Treu will be kept there to the Olympics without at doubt (unless he miraculously gets a Bok appointment of some sort)…

    He’s lucky he turned the last season around from the first (despite some shockers) as I felt he was consistently making too many Ork selection blunders against the big teams not too mention looking very ‘boorish and stale’ over the last however many years he’s been at the helm…

    Just when I think he’s been great at re-inventing himself… he selects 40% Orks again… but we’ll see he might get the balance correct when it counts… and the first time we’ll see that is tonight at the events last game Aus vs RSA…

    Heading off now for the airport… have been given VIP tickets and flights by the old girl as a birthday present…

    Laters savages…

  7. Reading through the results I’ve actually decided that Treu is a failure. Any other South African rugby coach who has never progressed beyond the quarterfinals of a World Cup would have been instantly fired.

    The same for his Commonwealth Games finishes which have never been higher than bronze.

    And as for winning… our usual spot is fourth…

    No for all his alleged prowess I’m starting to think Treu has outlasted his welcome far more than Pieter De Villiers and Straueli. Time for new blood.