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.