HSBC SVNS Cape Town - Men's Day TWO
SVNS Cape Town Men’s – Final Result:
Argentina 45 – 12 Australia
SVNS Cape Town Men’s – 3rd/4th Play-Off Result:
Ireland 7 – 14 Fiji
SVNS Cape Town Men’s Semi Finals Results:
Argentina 26 – 19 Ireland
Australia 24 – 7 Fiji
SVNS Cape Town Men’s – 5th-8th places Results:
South Africa 7 – 31 New Zealand
Canada 33 – 17 France
SVNS Cape Town Men’s – 9th-12th places Results:
Spain 7 – 31 Great Britain
Samoa 19 – 24 USA
SVNS Cape Town Men’s – Finale:
Argentina 45-12 Australia
It’s been a fantastic tournament here at the HSBC SVNS in Cape Town and the wait is over for the Grand Finale between Argentina and Australia. The Argentine’s draw first blood after an energy-sapping first passage of play that goes coast to coast followed by an exceptional regather off the kick-off that gives Argentina a lead by two tries in quick succession. They continue to dominate the first half to lead by 4 tries giving Australia a mountain to climb in their quest for Cape Town glory. The final whistle blows with Los Pumas capping off a phenomenal performance against the Wallabies and an unforgettable SVNS tournament for them winning the final by a whopping 33 points.
SVNS Cape Town Men’s – 3rd/4th Play-Offs:
Ireland 7-14 Fiji
We have another close encounter that’s too close to call between these two sides. Ireland go ahead in the first half with a well-worked try. Fiji need a colossal effort to pull this game out of the fire as they start the second half with one less player on the field. They band together and dig deep in the second half to show their 7’s class and steal the game at the very end to clinch the bronze medal.
SVNS Cape Town Men’s Semi-Finals:
Argentina 26-19 Ireland
Ireland and Argentina both the strong contenders for this Cup in Cape Town and both playing with such passion and heart in front of this Cape Town crowd. Argentina take the lead going into the half-time break and the score is 19-5. Los Pumas start the second half well in an attacking position that keeps them ahead in the game as the Irish do well to stay in the game but have finally met their match in this tournament. Argentina win in a high-scoring game and advance to final with a 26-19 win over Ireland.
Australia 24-7 Fiji
Australia come out with a bang and score a quick two unanswered tries to stun Fiji. Australia are really making themselves known here in Cape Town this weekend! Australia go into the half-time break leading Fiji 12 points to 0. Fiji bounce back immediately after the half-time break but Australia do well to control the game and see this game out and see themselves into the Cup Finals against Argentina in Cape Town.
SVNS Cape Town – 5th-8th places:
South Africa 7-31 New Zealand
It’s a classic clash in this finals game between two old foes, South Africa and New Zealand. The crowd have waited in high anticipation for this game and will have to wait a bit longer to see the home team score today as the Kiwis showed good defense and produced a couple moments of magic that put them ahead at half time by two tries. The Blitzboks eventually cross over the try-line but it’s all just a little too late for the men in the green and gold as New Zealand finish the tournament against the hosts in 5th position.
Canada 33-17 France
It’s been an impressive performance by both sides in the tournament with an evenly-match battle surely to ensue. The Canadians brush off their shaky start to the day with a clinical display of vision and skill in the first half. The French would just about hang in there going into the second half but the Canadians proved with the result that on the day, they can beat any side they face. It will be a memorable tournament for Canada as they take the 7th place position.
SVNS Cape Town – 9th-12th places:
Spain 7-31 Great Britain
Great Britain have been unlucky in this tournament playing some good 7’s rugby over this weekend and would hope to finish their campaign on a high against a perseverant Spanish team. The first half is all Great Britain up until Spain are able to sneak a try before the end of play to give themselves some hope. Time runs out for the end of the game and both teams look to play on showing great spirit which results as the nail in the coffin for Spain as Great Britain win this play-off game and the 9th place medal.
Samoa 24-19 USA
Nobody ever expected these two teams to be in this play-off game but both sides with electric footwork and slick hands to entertain this crowd. USA have started this game well but Samoa strike on the hooter of half-time and the scoreboard reads 12-12. USA sneak home against the defending champions of Cape Town 7’s to claim 11th place.
SVNS Cape Town Quarterfinals:
Argentina 33-0 Canada
Argentina came out the blocks with great intention as they took an early lead against Canada with the scoreboard reading 19-0 to the mighty Argentinians. Argentina were relentless and finished off a perfectly well-rounded game against Canada who played out of their socks yesterday. Argentina looking like strong contenders for this tournament in Cape Town.
Ireland 36-21 New Zealand
The Irish came into this match having never beaten New Zealand in a 7’s game after 10 previous meetings. This certainly fueled their ambitions for a victory after having a dream start with scoring four unanswered tries against a New Zealand side that has looked fragile at times. Terry Kennedy leads the charge for the men in green after scoring a hat-trick in the first half which proves to be too much for the Kiwis as Ireland become the second team to make history against the All Blacks in the tournament.
Australia 28-0 South Africa
South Africa looked to start strong against an Australian side where both teams could be title contenders. The crowd goes silent early into the game as the Aussie men got to an early start leading the home side by two tries in the first half. The Blitzboks continued to let the chances go a begging with zero visits into the opposition’s 22m area in the second half which gave Australia the ticket to the next stage of the tournament which is the Semi-finals.
Fiji 29-24 France
Fiji started this game with a quick three unanswered tries but France did well to pull two tries back to narrow the deficit going into the half-time break 17-14 to Fiji. France come out in the second half with some slick hands and good patience as they made an incredible comeback but in the last movement of the game; Fiji has scored to take this game to Golden Point.
SVNS Cape Town Ninth-place play-off
Samoa 17-24 Spain
It was always going to be an interesting match-up between these two sides as the Spanish closed out the first half leading by a try against a vulnerable Samoan 7’s team who haven’t been up to their usual standards this tournament. The Spaniards looked to do more with the ball as they continued to build confidence against the top tier 7’s nations. The Samoans would go on to have a better second half to bring the scores close but just didn’t have the legs to keep the Spanish out from having the last say and the convincing win.
Great Britain 21-14 USA
It’s a rematch of day one as Great Britain came into the game with their tails up after pipping the United States in extra-time of the third round. The first half ends with Great Britain getting the better of their opponents again with a couple of well-worked tries before the Eagles could respond with a try of their own. The game would end with Great Britain walking away with bragging rights to finish the game in normal time and a second consecutive win over the Americans.
SVNS Cape Town Men’s Day Two Play-Off Results:
Samoa 17 – 24 Spain
Great Britain 21 – 14 USA
Argentina 33 – 0 Canada
Ireland 36 – 21 New Zealand
Australia 28 – 0 South Africa
Fiji 29 – 24 France