Cape Town 7s tournament, set to kick off at the iconic DHL Stadium on 9-10 December have been released ahead of the tournament which will be the second round of HSBC SVNS.
The draw has unveiled three fiercely competitive pools, promising an exhilarating weekend of high-octane rugby action. In Pool A, the host nation and Dubai 7s champions, South Africa, are poised to defend their home turf against tough contenders Ireland, the USA, and Great Britain.
Cape Town 7s Pool A
Pool B sees Argentina, fresh from their runners-up finish in Dubai, facing off against rugby powerhouses Fiji, France, and Spain. With each team eyeing the top spot, the battles in this pool are expected to be nothing short of epic.
Meanwhile, in Pool C, New Zealand, the Dubai 7s bronze winners, are set to battle against Samoa, Australia, and Canada. The draw has set the stage for an intense and closely contested tournament, with every team vying for supremacy on the global rugby stage.
South Africa set up a triumphal Cape Town return with a fifth tournament win in a row at Dubai to kick off their HSBC SVNS 2024 campaign in emphatic style.
Selvyn Davids pulled the strings as defending champions South Africa beat Argentina 12-7 in a thumping encounter to claim their fifth straight Emirates Dubai 7s title and kick off their HSBC SVNS 2024 campaign in emphatic style.
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Impi Visser had already crossed for the Blitzboks when Shilton van Wyk, player of the final in 2022, went over in the fifth minute to take the score to 12-0.
Argentina’s Matias Osadczuk cut the deficit to five points early in the second half, after Ryan Oosthuizen was yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle.
Rosko Specman came within inches of a spectacular score, but lost the ball – and ploughed into a steward – in the corner, as South Africa held off the Argentinian fightback.
With the series heading to South Africa next week, their run to the title in Dubai could not have come at a better time. Fans will be hoping they can go back to back in Cape Town next weekend.
Cape Town 7s
Pool A: South Africa, Ireland, USA, Great Britain
Pool B: Argentina (Dubai 7s runners-up), Fiji, France, Spain
Pool C: New Zealand (Dubai 7s bronze winner), Samoa, Australia, Canada