Highlights Of Inaugural Cape Town Sevens

The social media world agreed in unison that the second leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series 2015 was a huge success. In the inaugural Cape Town Sevens, hosts South Africa won the title for the third consecutive time on their home soil. The stadium was jam-packed and the fans had a great deal of aspects to relish.

Brown Reaches a Milestone

South African stalwart Kyle Brown who has been playing for the national team since the 2008-09 series recorded his 50th tournament in Cape Town. After Blitzboks’ win against Zimbabwe, both the teams lined up and clapped when Kyle was walking off the pitch.

In Argentina’s Changing Rooms

Santiago Gomez Cora, head coach of Argentina, allowed World Rugby to enter the changing rooms of the players in order to provide an insight as to how his boys warm up before a match. It looked as though something is working right for them as the team made it to the final for the first time under Gomez Cora. As a team, Argentina made it to the final for the first time since 2009.

De Villiers Makes It To Cape Town Sevens

Jean De Villiers, fresh from international retirement, made an appearance at the Cape Town Sevens. He said that players have to be at their very best as the brutal game involves non-stop running for 14 minutes and a lot of contacts in between.

Jam-packed Stadium

The Cape Town stadium was jam-packed with spectators on both days of the tournament. As many as 110,000 fans, in total, participated in the inaugural tournament.

South Africa Wins

South Africa recorded their third consecutive title win at home. The team got to the final of the inaugural Cape Town Sevens and beat Argentina in style with a score of 29-14. The press, present in droves, recorded the proceedings and the fans enjoyed every minute of the tournament.


HSBC Sevens World Series 2015: Fiji Beats England In Dubai Finals

In the final of the first leg of HSBC Sevens World Series held in Dubai earlier this month, Fiji beat England 28-17. England, which reached the finals after beating the United States 24-19 in the semi-finals, started off with a try by Tom Bowen, but conceded as many as 28 unanswered points by the break to the reigning Sevens World Series champions. The four-time Dubai champions replied with tries from Phil Burgess and Bowen, but could never get back into the game.
Fiji beat England for the first time in a World Sevens Series men’s final though England got off to a perfect start with Bowen chasing down a 60-yard kick by Dan Bibby and crossing the line. However, England’s hopes were quashed as succeeded in racking up four tries in a matter of just five minutes. Savenaca Rawaga, Isake Katonibau, Jasa Vermalua and Jerry Tuwai scored for Fiji. England lost the match as they committed a number of handling errors.
After the break, England regrouped and Bowen scored in his second attempt, hinting at a fight-back by England, but the Fiji team members looked confident and comfortable. Finally, when Burgess succeeded in bringing down the arrears to some extent, only 40 seconds of the game was remaining.
Simon Amor, England coach, said that while his team had exhausted all its resources, Fiji team was looking very dangerous. Fiji retained ball possession so well that England was just left high and dry.
In the Dubai Sevens championship, the United States (31) beat New Zealand (14) for the third place. South Africa succeeded in winning the Plate when they beat Australia in the Plate final thriller with a score of 19 to 14 in extra time. In the Bowl final, France won 24-14 against Scotland.
More than 100,000 fans from around the world gathered at the Sevens stadium to witness the games of 28 international teams that competed in the first leg of the men’s and women’s HSBC Sevens World Series 2015.


Blitzboks Beat Los Pumas, Defend Crown For Third Time On Home Soil

In the final match of the inaugural HSBC Cape Town Sevens, the leg two of the HSBC Sevens World Series 2015, South Africa won 29-14 against Argentina. With this victory, South Africa has moved to the second position in the overall standings. This is the country’s third successive Cup win on home soil. South Africa had won the Port Elizabeth Sevens in 2013 and 2014.

The Blitzboks were trailing 7-0 initially, but recovered to beat Argentina 29-1 following great tries by Seabelo Senatla (2), Rosko Specman (2) and Ryno Benjamin. Los Pumas reached the final for the first time since the USA Sevens held in San Diego in 2009. Earlier on in the semi-final match against France, Specman, Juan de Jongh and Philip Snyman had scored for South Africa. Neil Powell’s side registered a 21-12 win over France.
France, which was in the 11th position last season, finished third after it beat Kenya 28-26 following a last minute try and conversion by Terry Bouhraoua and Julien Candelon. None of the semi-finalists in the in the Dubai Sevens Cup could make it to this stage in South Africa.
The win in the second leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series 2015 put South Africa in the second position with 35 points. Fiji (35), which won the Plate in South Africa, leads the table after registering a 29-19 victory (on points difference) over the USA. The USA (29), led by Mike Friday, is in the third position and is followed by the Argentina team (29) led by Santiago Gomez Cora in the fourth position on points difference.
It was really an enthralling day as far as the Sevens was concerned as 106,202 rugby fans turned up to watch the game at the stadium in Cape Town during the two days over which the tournament was held. According to experts, the excitement hit the heights that were last witnessed in the Dubai Rugby Sevens Series in 2009.


HSBC Sevens World Series 2015: Pools Drawn For Third Leg written

The pools for the third leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series 2015, the HSBC Wellington Sevens, have already been announced by Word Rugby. In fact, the announcement came in ahead of the finals between South Africa and Argentina. The third leg of the World Rugby Series will be played on 30th and 31st January 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand.

In the draw prepared for HSBC Wellington Sevens, prior to the close of the Cape Town finals, the winners of the second leg, South Africa, head the Pool A at the Westpac Stadium. The team headed by Neil Powell will have to play against New Zealand, Russia and Scotland.

On the other hand, Argentina, the runners-up in the Cape Town Sevens, will be competing against Fiji, the leaders of the Ruby World Series, Wales and Japan. The only non-core side to participate in Wellington Sevens is Japan.

France, which finished in the third position in the Cape Town leg of the series following Julien Candelon’s try in the last minute and conversion by Terry Bouhraoua, will play Mike Friday’s USA, Samoa and England. Kenya, led by Benjamin Ayimba, is in the fourth position and will compete against Canada, Australia and Portugal.

On Saturday January 30, 2016, there will be 24 matches between the teams in the four pools. The kick off for the first match between France and England is at 11:30 am, and the kick off for the day’s last match between South Africa and New Zealand is at 8:30 pm.

The first game to be played on January 31 is the Bowl Quarter finals between the team in the 3rd place in Pool A and the team in the fourth place in Pool D. The kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 am. The Bowl Quarter Finals will be followed by Cup Quarter Finals, Shield Semi Finals, Bowl Semi Finals, Plate Semi Finals, Shield Finals, Bowl Finals, Plate Finals, Bronze finals and Cup Finals.