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Paris Sevens – Day 2 – Blitzboks settle for Bronze as Fiji claims title

All 16 captains line up for the captain's photo prior to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series under the Eiffel Tower in Paris on 29 May, 2019 ( left to right: Japan- Kameli Raravou Soejima, Wales- Luke Treharne, Canada- Harry Jones, Argentina- Gaston Revol, Australia- Lewis Holland, South Africa- Siviwe Soyizwapi, USA- Madison Hughes, Fiji- Paula Dranisinukula, France- Jean Pascal Barraque, New Zealand- Tim Mikkelson, England- Jamie Barden, Samoa- David Afamasaga, Scotland- Robbie Fergusson, Spain- Pablo Fontes, Kenya- Jacob Ojee, Ireland- Billy Dardis). Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

It is the last tournament of the year with USA and Fiji who will be fighting it out for the overall championship over this weekend.

USA, Fiji, New Zealand and the Blitzboks already made the qualification for the Olympics 2020.

It should be a great tournament with everyone wanting to end the season off on a good note.


Embedded videoFiji was crowned the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Champions for 2018-2019 Season and also claimed the Paris Sevens on Sunday.The beat the other title contender USA in the semi-final and later in the day beat the New Zealanders in the final.Fiji scored their first points in this year’s final after just 30 seconds. Napolioni Bolaca’s try was converted and then quickly added to by Meli Derenalagi.

They never let up against the New Zealanders with Bolaca accumulated 18 of their 28 first-half points.
With a 28-7 lead the All Blacks sevens side came back at the islanders with two tries from Ware and one from Collier but Fiji took the Paris title with a final score of 35-24.
The USA had never finish higher than fifth in the world series so this will count as a standout season for the men from Northern America.
They did not finished well in the last two tournaments but were good enough to come second overall. They will be a huge contender in next years Olympic games.
Overall Standings:
New Zealand ended third overall this year and have also qualified for the Olympics.

The Blitzboks got easily pass Samoa on Sunday to move on to the semi finals.

They were just too strong for Samoa running away to a 40-0 lead.

Samoa score alate try to salvage something out of the contest which was one way traffic.

The Blitzboks had a 24-0 lead at the break with Geduld scoring twice with Du Preez and Kok adding a try a piece.

They did not let up in the second half and got more tries form Du Plessis and Snyman.

The Blitzboks were totally outplayed by New Zealand in the semi final on Sunday. Going down 33-7 was not what they were looking for.
New Zealand scored first when Ware raced away to take an early 7-0 lead.
The Blitzboks defence was poor to say the least and quickly was 14-0 down. The New Zealanders got a third try before the break to take a commanding 21-0 lead.
The Blitzboks did score first in the second half when Africa got over but the New Zealanders replied with Andrew Knewstubb crashing through a few defenders.
They added a last try before the end which gave them a 33-7 win over the Blitzoks to advance to the final against Fiji.
The Blitzboks ended the day on a positive note beating teh USA 24-7 for the bronze medal.
Baker open the scoring to give the USA the early lead but that would be the last time they scored as the Blitzboks came back with tries from Du Plessis and Oosthuizen.
This gave the Blitzboks a 12-7 lead at the break.
They extended the lead after the break with Snyman getting over after a great break from Du Preez.
Du Plessis got over for his second try to secure the win over the USA.


The Bltzboks had again the perfect start to the tournament beating Wales 22-7 in their first pool match.

Wales had all the ball for most of the first half leaving the Bltzboks to defend for most of the half.

The Blitzboks eventually did get their hands on the ball and they were first to score through Du Plessis. This gave them a 7-0 lead at the break.

There dominance came through in the second half with tries from Africa, Du Preez and Ndhlovu.

Wales did get a try through Goodchild but the Blitzboks was just to good for them.

The Blitzboks had to work hard to get a win over Kenya in their second pool match on Saturday.

They were 12-10 behind before they came back in the second half to get a 29-12 win over their fellow African opponents.

There were tries from Soyizwapi, Ndhlovu, Du Plessis (2) and Impi Vissser.

Human slotted one conversion over for the Blitzboks.


The Blitzboks went again unbeaten through their pool in the Paris Sevens when they beat Australia in their last group match on Saturday.

With this they setup a quarter-final match against Samoa on Sunday.

It was a close one but at the end they had enough to get pass Australia and get some payback for last weeks loss.

The Blitzboks started well with two tries from Geduld and Pretorius but Australia scored twice to make it a close one at the break.

The Blitzboks scored first in the second half with Geduld crossing over again.

Australia came back with a try from Maddocks which made it a two point lead again.

WIth some great defence the Blitzboks were able to hand on to that lead and took the win.

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  1. USA needs to immediately accumulate 1-2 more olympic sprinters for next year. They need burners to fill in when the likes of Baker or Isles goes down. They have enough “rugby players” (like other 7s squads). Sprinters blow games open & US has to have that or they are toast.

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