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The first day of the Cape Town Sevens was never short of surprises; however no one really anticipated the outcome of day two.
Amazingly all four Dubai semi-finalists Fiji, New Zealand, England and the USA failed to get through to the last four this weekend. Instead the hosts and last year’s champions South Africa as well as France, Argentina and Kenya qualified. Especially the 17:14 victory by France over Fiji and a sensational 22:19 extra-time win by Argentina over New Zealand were among the biggest upsets.
The Blitzbokke powered through to the final with a comfortable win against France in the semi, while Argentina beat Kenya in a much closer encounter 24:22. In the final South Africa proved once more that they are the team to beat on home turf by snatching another piece of silverware. The 29:14 successes against Argentina were the third successive Cup in South Africa for the Blitzbokke.
The battle for the Plate-trophy was carried out by the top teams from Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. The Americans underlined once more their serious ambitions by beating New Zealand in the semi-final but with a 29:19 lost against Fiji 29:19 in the final the USA missed out on the trophy.
After England’s last week Cup-final appearance, Simon Amor’s team made it through to the Bowl final but lost to rivals Scotland 19:0. In the Shield final a very strong Samoan side beat Russia 40:5.
Results | Cape Town Sevens
South Africa 29:14 Argentina
Fiji 29:19 USA
Scotland 19:0 England
Samoa 40:5 Russia