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New Zealand, USA, Samoa and Argentina all progressed through to the Cup semi-finals of the HSBC USA Sevens after another enthralling day of action at the Sam Boyd Stadium.
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They’ve done it again! South Africa underlined their hot-favourite status with the third tournament win this season, following a 29-14 win against England in the final of the Sydney Sevens.
The Blitzboks played in all four finals of the HSBC Sevens World Series 2016/17. They faced England for the second time in a final this season and while England managed to beat South Africa on their home ground in December, this time it was all about the men in green.
Once again it was Seabelo Senatla who led the team with an incredible performance throughout the past two days. This was the last tournament for the HSBC Player of the Final as Senatla will join Super Rugby franchise Stormers.
Tries from captain Philip Snyman, Senatla and Justin Geduld went unanswered in the first half plus another one from Geduld in the second half sealed the game early. England captain Tom Mitchell as well as Dan Norton scored in the second half but it was too little too late.
Meanwhile, New Zealand beat Australia to claim bronze while Russia walked away with the Challenge Trophy in Sydney after beating France, 26-0.
After four rounds, South Africa leads the table with 85 points, followed by England (68 pts), Fiji (64 pts) and New Zealand (56 pts).
The series now moves to Las Vegas next month for the fifth round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, which again joins up with the women's series.
Cup Final | South Africa 29 - 14 England
Bronze Final | New Zealand 29 - 14 Australia
Challenge Trophy | Russia 26 - 0 France
Sydney Sevens | Results Day 2
The fifth tournament on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 commenced in style as an excited crowd enjoyed a busy first day at the Sam Boyd Stadium and one that produced a few surprises along the way.
USA retained their title in Las Vegas with a 27-0 victory over Samoa in the Cup final and become the outright leaders on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019.
While people in the UK are busy taming the “Beast from the East” with temperatures sub-zero and heavy snowfalls, the 16 men’s teams of the World Sevens Series can look forward to a mild and sunny weekend in the sin city of Las Vegas.
The USA Sevens takes place at the Sam Boyd Stadium (Capacity 40,000) on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of March.
The matches kick-off Friday 15:00 local time (23:00 UK time), Saturday 11:30 (19:30 UK time) and Sunday at 11:00 local time (19:00 UK time).
For a full fixture list click here.
In the UK Sky Sports will cover the tournament on all days. For a full TV guide click here, for any other country check out this handy guide.
Fiji’s win in Hamilton (NZ), a month ago, made the title race even more exciting as table leaders South Africa are now being chased by New Zealand, Australia and the Fijians.
Although the Blitzboks showed a consistently solid performance so far, they’ve only won one tournament this season, last year in Dubai. By this point a year ago, they already won four tournaments. However, South Africa never finished below the top three which means they still defend the prime position for now.
New Zealand with just eight points behind South Africa, will get another chance to claim the top spot in Nevada this weekend after a rather disappointing result at their home tournament.
The USA certainly didn’t start the season as well as they were hoping for. Currently, in 7th position, the US-boys are eager to perform in front of their loyal supporters. With forward Ben Pinkelman, the Eagles have one in the squad who can lead from the front and puts his team back on track.
USA Sevens | Fixtures Day 1
World Sevens Series | Standings
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