2007–08 IRB Sevens World Series

The 2007–08 IRB Sevens World Series was the ninth of an annual IRB Sevens World Series of rugby sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.

2007–08 IRB Sevens World Series
Hosts United Arab Emirates
 South Africa
 New Zealand
 United States
 Hong Kong
 Australia
 England
 Scotland
Date30 November 2007 – 1 June 2008
Nations32
Final positions
Champions New Zealand
Runners-up South Africa
Third Samoa

The defending series champions, New Zealand, dominated this season's competition, winning the first five events, setting new records for consecutive tournament wins and consecutive match wins,[1] and clinching the 2007–08 series with one tournament remaining after winning the Plate Final of the London leg.[2] They ended with six wins out of the eight events.

Sevens is traditionally played in a two-day tournament format; however, the most famous event, the Hong Kong Sevens, is played over three days.

TournamentsEdit

The series' tournaments, which were identical to those in 2006–2007, span the globe:

2007-08 Itinerary[3]
Leg Venue Date Winner
Dubai Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground Nov 30–Dec 1, 2007   New Zealand
South Africa Outeniqua Park, George December 7–8 2007   New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington February 1–2 2008   New Zealand
United States Petco Park, San Diego February 9–10 2008   New Zealand
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium March 28–30 2008   New Zealand
Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide April 5–6 2008   South Africa
London Twickenham May 24–25 2008   Samoa
Scotland Murrayfield, Edinburgh May 31–June 1, 2008   New Zealand

Tournament structureEdit

In all tournaments except Hong Kong, 16 teams participate. Because of its place as the sports most prestigious annual event, the Hong Kong tournament as 24 teams. In each tournament, the teams are divided into pools of four teams, who play a round-robin within the pool. Points are awarded in each pool on a different schedule from most rugby tournaments—3 for a win, 2 for a draw, 1 for a loss. The first tiebreaker is the head-to-head result between the tied teams, followed by difference in points scored during the tournament.[4]

Four trophies are awarded in each tournament, except for Hong Kong. In descending order of prestige, they are the Cup, whose winner is the overall tournament champion, Plate, Bowl and Shield. In Hong Kong, the Shield is not awarded. Each trophy is awarded at the end of a knockout tournament.[5]

In a 16 team tournament, the top two teams in each pool advance to the Cup competition. The four quarterfinal losers drop into the bracket for the Plate. The Bowl is contested by the third-place finishers in each pool, while the Shield is contested by the last-place teams from each pool.[4] In Hong Kong, the six pool winners, plus the two highest-finishing second-place teams, advance to the Cup. The Plate participants are the eight highest-ranked teams remaining, while the lowest eight drop to the Bowl.[6]

Points scheduleEdit

The season championship is determined by points earned in each tournament. For most events, points are awarded on the following schedule:[5]

  • Cup winner (1st place): 20 points
  • Cup runner-up (2nd place): 16 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists (3rd & 4th place): 12 points
  • Plate winner (5th place): 8 points
  • Plate runner-up (6th place): 6 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists (7th & 8th place): 4 points
  • Bowl winner (9th place): 2 points

Points are awarded on a different schedule for the Hong Kong Sevens:[5]

  • Cup winner (1st place): 30 points
  • Cup runner-up (2nd place): 24 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists (3rd & 4th place): 18 points
  • Losing Cup quarterfinalists (5th, 6th, 7th & 8th place): 8 points
  • Plate winner (9th place): 4 points
  • Plate runner-up (10th place): 3 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists (11th & 12th place): 2 points
  • Bowl winner (17th place): 1 point

StandingsEdit

Final 2007-08 Standings[7]
Pos. Country Dubai South Africa
(George)
New Zealand
(Wellington)
USA
(San Diego)
Hong Kong Australia
(Adelaide)
England
(London)
Scotland
(Edin­burgh)
Overall
1   New Zealand 20 20 20 20 30 16 8 20 154
2   South Africa 12 12 8 16 24 20 6 8 106
3   Samoa 6 4 16 12 18 12 20 12 100
4   Fiji 16 16 4 8 18 12 16 4 94
5   England 12 0 2 4 8 0 12 16 54
6   Argentina 8 12 0 6 3 2 12 0 43
7   Kenya 4 8 0 12 8 6 0 0 38
8=   Australia 2 0 12 0 8 4 2 2 30
8=   Wales 0 2 6 2 8 0 0 12 30
10   Scotland 4 4 4 4 0 0 4 6 26
11   Tonga - - 12 - 2 8 - - 22
12   France 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 8
13   United States 0 6 0 0 0 0 - - 6
14=   Cook Islands - - 0 - - 4 - - 4
14=   Portugal - - - - 0 - 4 0 4
16   Canada 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
17   Russia - - - - 1 - 0 0 1
18=   Moldova - - - - - - 0 0 0
18=   Spain - - - - - - 0 0 0
18=   Japan - - - - 0 0 - - 0
18=   Zimbabwe 0 0 - - 0 - - - 0
18=   Tunisia 0 0 - - 0 - - - 0
18=   Hong Kong - - - - 0 - - - 0
18=   China - - - - 0 - - - 0
18=   Chinese Taipei - - - - 0 - - - 0
18=   South Korea - - - - 0 - - - 0
18=   Sri Lanka - - - - 0 - - - 0
18=   West Indies - - - 0 - - - - 0
18=   Chile - - - 0 - - - - 0
18=   Mexico - - - 0 - - - - 0
18=   Papua New Guinea - - 0 - - - - - 0
18=   Uganda - 0 - - - - - - 0
18=   Arabian Gulf 0 - - - - - - - 0

Player scoringEdit

Individual pointsEdit

Individual points [8]
Updated:2008-04-04
Pos. Player Country Points
1 Tomasi Cama   New Zealand 188
2 Fabian Juries   South Africa 150
3 Neumi Nanuku   Fiji 146
4 Renfred Dazel   South Africa 137
5 Lote Raikabula   New Zealand 136
6 Steven Yates   New Zealand 130
7= Mikaele Pesamino   Samoa 127
7= Emosi Vucago   Fiji 127
9 Philip Mack   Canada 126
10 Ben Gollings   England 124

Individual triesEdit

Individual tries [9]
Updated:2012-02-01
Pos. Player Country Points
1 Fabian Juries   South Africa 41
2 Alafoti Fa'osiliva   Samoa 35
3 Mikaele Pesamino   Samoa 31
4 Tomasi Cama   New Zealand 29
5= Steven Yates   New Zealand 27
5= Victor Vito   New Zealand 27
5= Santiago Gomez Cora   Argentina 27
8= Chris Wyles   United States 26
8= DJ Forbes   New Zealand 26
10 Emosi Vucago   Fiji 25

TournamentsEdit

DubaiEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup   New Zealand 31-21   Fiji   South Africa
  England
Plate   Argentina 15-14   Samoa   Scotland
  Kenya
Bowl   Australia 31 – 0   Canada   France
  Wales
Shield   Zimbabwe 22 – 19   Tunisia  Arabian Gulf
  United States

South AfricaEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup   New Zealand 34 – 7   Fiji   South Africa
  Argentina
Plate   Kenya 15 – 14   United States   Scotland
  Samoa
Bowl   Wales 21 – 19   England   Australia
  France
Shield   Canada 31 – 14   Zimbabwe   Uganda
  Tunisia

New ZealandEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup   New Zealand 22 – 7   Samoa   Australia
  Tonga
Plate   South Africa 19 – 12   Wales   Scotland
  Fiji
Bowl   England 12 – 7   Argentina   France
  Cook Islands
Shield   United States 22 – 17   Kenya   Canada
  Papua New Guinea

USAEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup   New Zealand 27 – 12   South Africa   Kenya
  Samoa
Plate   Fiji 26 – 21   Argentina   England
  Scotland
Bowl   Wales 21 – 19   United States   Canada
  France
Shield   Australia 24 – 12   Chile   Mexico
  West Indies

Hong KongEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists Quarter Finalists
Cup   New Zealand 26 – 12   South Africa   Samoa
  Fiji
  Wales
  Australia
  Kenya
  England
Plate   France 17 – 14   Argentina   Tonga
  Canada
  Scotland
  Portugal
  Tunisia
  United States
Bowl   Russia 19 – 14   Zimbabwe   Hong Kong
  South Korea
  Chinese Taipei
  Japan
  China
  Sri Lanka

AustraliaEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup   South Africa 15 – 7   New Zealand   Fiji
  Samoa
Plate   Tonga 14 – 12   Kenya   Australia
  Cook Islands
Bowl   Argentina 26 – 21   United States   Scotland
  France
Shield   Wales 12 – 7   Canada   England
  Japan

LondonEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup   Samoa 19 – 14   Fiji   England
  Argentina
Plate   New Zealand 19 – 12   South Africa   Portugal
  Scotland
Bowl   Australia 19 – 12   Wales   Canada
  France
Shield   Spain 10 – 7   Kenya   Russia
  Moldova

ScotlandEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup   New Zealand 24 – 14   England   Samoa
  Wales
Plate   South Africa 14 – 5   Scotland   Fiji
  France
Bowl   Australia 24 – 14   Canada   Spain
  Argentina
Shield   Portugal 10 – 5   Russia   Moldova
  Kenya

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "South Africa halt kiwi winning streak" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 2008-04-06. Archived from the original on 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
  2. ^ "Rugby sevens: NZ lose, but still win world title". nzherald.co.nz. 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  3. ^ "IRB Sevens World Series set for another record breaking year". International Rugby Board. 2007-08-01. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2007-08-03.
  4. ^ a b "Rules: 16-Team Tournament". International Rugby Board. 2007. Archived from the original on 21 March 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  5. ^ a b c "Rules". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  6. ^ "Rules: 24-Team Tournament". International Rugby Board. 2007. Archived from the original on 21 March 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  7. ^ "Overall Standings". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
  8. ^ "Season Player Points". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
  9. ^ "Season Player Tries". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2012-02-01.

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