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HSBC Sevens 2016/17

Post by Rugby Fan on Fri 02 Dec 2016, 10:57 pm

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Men's Dubai leg started today. England managed a clean sweep of pool wins, including a 12-26 victory over New Zealand. Scotland dropped a match to South Africa, and Wales dropped one to Fiji, but both are in the Quarter Finals.

Fiji beat Argentina 22-19 but had to survive two yellow cards along the way.

Short highlights:



Quarter Finals:

Fiji vs France
England vs Scotland
Australia vs Wales
South Africa vs New Zealand


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Re: HSBC Sevens 2016/17

Post by Rugby Fan on Mon 06 Mar 2017, 1:45 am

South Africa beat Fiji in the final.

Bit of a scrap at the end. Fiji had just scored a try, and needed to reclaim the start to get another. One of their players ended up taking out a South African in the air, grabbing his legs and making him fall on his head. The player was fine but bounced up, and started angrily shoving the offender.

It was a clear red card, but the reaction almost deserved a card too, as he caught him in the face.

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Re: HSBC Sevens 2016/17

Post by BigTrevsbigmac on Mon 06 Mar 2017, 8:20 am

Cheers for the updates RF thumbsup

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Re: HSBC Sevens 2016/17

Post by Rugby Fan on Mon 06 Mar 2017, 1:22 pm

We are now halfway through the World Sevens Series, and the standings are below. South Africa are a class apart, having won four tournaments, and finished runner-up in the other one. They are the only team to make the Cup semi-finals in every round so far.

The winner of each tournament gets 22 points, so the current 24 point gap means the Boks lead by more than one round. When you consider that a losing quarter finalist gets at least 10 points, another team needs to win a couple of titles, and hope South Africa crash just to get close.

South Africa - 107
Fiji - 83
England - 81
New Zealand - 71
Australia - 52
USA - 52
Scotland - 50
Argentina - 45
Wales - 43
France - 40
Kenya - 35
Canada - 34
Samoa - 23
Russia - 17
Japan - 10

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Re: HSBC Sevens 2016/17

Post by Galted on Mon 06 Mar 2017, 2:09 pm

Rugby Fan wrote:When you consider that a losing quarter finalist gets at least 10 points, another team needs to win a couple of titles, and hope South Africa crash just to get close.

Wouldn't be a huge surprise if that happened, given SA's history over the last 2 or 3 tournaments.
They've also lost a couple of top players to Super Rugby.
What's working in their favour so far is that the chasing pack are quite evenly-matched and dropping points to each other.
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Post by Rugby Fan on Sun 12 Mar 2017, 8:36 am

England beat Kenya and (eventually) Chile in the pools, with a match against South Africa to decide who topped the group. England are the only team to regularly trouble the Blitzbokke this season, and managed a 12-12 draw with a late converted try. It meant we finished second, however, which puts us up against New Zealand again in the quarter finals, while South Africa gets Canada.

The full Cup quarter finals line-up is:

South Africa vs Canada
USA vs Argentina
Fiji vs Australia
NZ vs England

Scotland have had a bad start, losing to NZ, Canada and Russia. Wales lost to Fiji but looked to have done enough to finish second by beating Argentina and Samoa. However, Argentina beat Fiji, which left three teams with two wins apiece, and Wales missed out on points.

The other notable result was USA demolishing Australia 29-5. The Americans had a good tournament in Vegas, and have carried that form over to Vancouver.

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Post by Rugby Fan on Sun 12 Mar 2017, 10:36 pm

England gained revenge for Vegas by beating New Zealand 12-14 in their quarter final. They are up against Fiji now in the semi-final, after the Fijians beat Australia 28-10.

South Africa faced USA in the first semi final, and the Americans almost won. The final score was 14-10 to the Blitzbokke but USA had a final play where only desperate defence, and perhaps a couple of poor options, kept them from scoring. The match finished with America held up over the try line.

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Re: HSBC Sevens 2016/17

Post by Rugby Fan on Sun 12 Mar 2017, 10:58 pm

England just beat Fiji 40-7. That's one of the highest points totals Fiji has ever conceded, and the most England have ever scored against them.

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Re: HSBC Sevens 2016/17

Post by Rugby Fan on Mon 13 Mar 2017, 1:59 am

England win the cup in Vancouver!

They scored three tries to beat South Africa 7-19. England are the only team to beat South Africa this season, and have now done so three times.

They had a hard route to this Cup, needing to beat the other three teams in the current top four to take the title.

South Africa were hit by injuries along the way but had the better of the first half, only slipping up to let England draw level at the break.

Not many upset results in Vancouver. Japan looked in better form, scoring a win over Russia, and only losing in extra time to Scotland in the lower tier competition. Scotland are currently a shadow of the side which started the season so well.

England leapfrog Fiji to regain second place in the standings, while South Africa have a healthy 23 point lead over them in first. There are only four rounds left, so it's not enough for someone else to do well: South Africa would need a horror show somewhere to give anyone else a sniff.

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Re: HSBC Sevens 2016/17

Post by Rugby Fan on Mon 13 Mar 2017, 8:44 am

Arguably. England have benefited from fielding the same squad all season. The only change was when 13th man Charlton Kerr came in for Lindsay Hague in Vegas (and stayed for Vancouver). One of the commentators suggested we set some kind of series record for consistent selection.

By contrast, Scotland have been heavily disrupted by injury, and have gone from Cup contenders to low table finishers over the last three rounds.

It's a measure of South Africa's strength that they have seen some top players go to Super Rugby but are still going strong. Rosko Specman looks like he did a hamstring against England, so that might prove a challenge, as he's been a star.

Incidentally, Dan Norton went level with Collins Injera for all-time tries on the world series. Both have 244.

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Re: HSBC Sevens 2016/17

Post by BigTrevsbigmac on Mon 13 Mar 2017, 8:59 am

All in all a pretty successful weekend for English Rugby Young & old, male & female ...... Very Happy

Congratulations to them all.

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Re: HSBC Sevens 2016/17

Post by Rugby Fan on Mon 13 Mar 2017, 2:07 pm

England's three knock-out matches were all good games. They are on YouTube:






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