The Rugby Sevens format is fast becoming one of the most popular sporting codes in the world, and is now ready to host the twentieth edition of their World Series. For South Africa it was the second consecutive Rugby Sevens championship and third overall. As for team Fiji, it was a disappointing way to finish but they did take the Gold in five of the ten events, and have been a formidable side for the past seven years so look for them to be there in the mix this time out. When: JuneWhere: Paris, France For the men, the number one seed is South Africa, which was the most consistent side throughout the Sevens Series this past year. Fiji are the form side heading into the tournament having won Gold at half of the stops last time around.
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But, most of all to the staff and the quality outfit that we have playing for us. If there is growth there is potential and we can kick on and hopefully learn from these mistakes to make us better for next year.
Japan, the side that finished 15th in the world series standings and lost their place as a core team for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series , will also be at the Olympics as host nation.
BlitzBoks finish third in Paris The Springbok Sevens team secured third place at the Paris Sevens after a convincing win over Samoa in their Cup quarter-final on Sunday, but they then came unstuck in their semi-final against New Zealand before claiming bronze against the USA. Dewald Human converted two of the four tries.
The effort against New Zealand was a disappointing one and the Blitzboks could not get going against the men in black. They had early opportunities, but did not convert, while New Zealand took every opportunity to punish a somewhat disorganised South African defence.
Three tries in the opening seven minutes gave them a lead at the break. The second half started on a more positive note with Cecil Afrika scoring a try, converted by Dewald Human to close the gap to Earlier on Sunday, against Samoa, the Blitzboks scored six tries, with four of those coming in a first half blitz that saw them leading at the break.
The Blitzboks started very strong against Samoa.
Justin Geduld was first over the line, before Branco du Preez followed a minute later as South Africa dominated the kick-offs due to stellar work by Impi Visser.
Werner Kok scored after the Blitzboks attacked to the left and then came back to where Kok lurked in the wing. Branco du Preez converted three of the tries to have South Africa in command at the break.
Muller du Plessis extended that lead with a strong run early in the second half, beating a couple of defenders. The last try for South Africa came from Philip Snyman, who used good strength to bulldoze his way over the line.
Snyman came into the squad as replacement for Sako Makata, who did not start the day due to an ankle injury.