England became the first team to defeat South Africa in the 2016/2017 HSBC Sevens World Series with a thrilling 19-17 Cup Final result in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, on December 11th 2016. The knockout rounds were just as stunning, with the Blitzboks edging rivals New Zealand 14-7 in the semi finals while England produced one of the tries of the tournament in the quarterfinals with flyer Dan Norton knocking Fiji out 31-26 in extra time!
England scored 5 tries to defeat neighbors Scotland 33-14 in the quarterfinals, and are just 2 points behind South Africa on the Series Standings, overtaking Fiji in Cape Town. Norton also topped the DHL Performance Tracker – for the second time in two weeks! Read the full tournament report here.
— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) December 11, 2016
For the United States it was a tough Day 2 in Cape Town losing out in the Cup quarterfinals against Scotland 24-19 and then 28-12 against Fiji in the 5th placed playoff. Perry Baker entertained the crowds with his sublime skills on both days – earning himself another spot on the DHL Performance Tracker and 5 tries.
— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) December 12, 2016
The atmosphere in South Africa looked amazing – with a sold out Cape Town Stadium loving every minute of the action. I was fortunate to attend the 2015 event, and rates as one of my best 7s tournament experiences. #CapeTown7s #BePrepared
The World Series Table sees New Zealand move up 3 spots after a very strong performance, while the USA is now tied on 18 points with Australia and France – with points difference just separating the teams. Newcomers Uganda are ahead of Japan following their first 2 tournaments on the Sevens World Series.
The draw for Round 3 – which takes place in my Wellington, New Zealand – has been set.
Pool A: England, Kenya, Argentina, Papua New Guinea
Pool B: South Africa, Fiji, Australia, Japan
Pool C: New Zealand, USA, France, Samoa
Pool D: Scotland, Wales, Russia, Canada
Photo Credits: Getty Images & World Rugby
Author Dallen Stanford played on the HSBC Sevens World Series for the United States from 2006-2009 appearing in 13 Tournaments including the 2009 Sevens World Cup in Dubai. He is the Show Host for The Rugby Channel’s weekly highlights, commentates international matches all over the USA, and made his World Rugby TV announcing debut on the HSBC Sevens World Series during the 2016 Las Vegas & Vancouver 7s as well as the Atlanta Women’s 7s that same year.