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The Dubai Sevens is played annually as part of the IRB Sevens World Series for international rugby sevens (seven-a-side version of rugby union). The 2008 competition was held on November 28 and November 29 at The Sevens, a brand-new facility built to host the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens.[1] It was the first of eight events in the 2008-09 IRB Sevens World Series. The top-tier Cup trophy was won by South Africa.

This was the first edition of the Dubai Sevens to be held at The Sevens. Previous editions were held at the Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground.

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FormatEdit

The tournament consists of four round-robin pools of four teams. All sixteen teams progress to the knockout stage. The top two teams from each group progress to quarter-finals in the main competition, with the winners of those quarter-finals competing in cup semi-finals and the losers competing in plate semi-finals. The bottom two teams from each group progress to quarter-finals in the consolation competition, with the winners of those quarter-finals competing in bowl semi-finals and the losers competing in shield semi-finals.

TeamsEdit

Pool stagesEdit

Pool AEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
  New Zealand 3 3 0 0 104 21 +83 9
  Australia 3 2 0 1 50 62 −12 7
  Wales 3 1 0 2 50 62 −12 5
  Zimbabwe 3 0 0 3 31 90 −59 3
Date Team 1 Score Team 2
2008-11-28   New Zealand 28 - 7   Wales
2008-11-28   Australia 21 - 12   Zimbabwe
2008-11-28   New Zealand 43 - 7   Zimbabwe
2008-11-28   Australia 22 - 17   Wales
2008-11-28   Wales 26 - 12   Zimbabwe
2008-11-28   New Zealand 33 - 7   Australia

Pool BEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
  South Africa 3 3 0 0 95 10 +85 9
  Kenya 3 2 0 1 66 38 +28 7
  Scotland 3 1 0 2 29 83 −54 5
 Arabian Gulf 3 0 0 3 21 80 −59 3
Date Team 1 Score Team 2
2008-11-28   South Africa 31 - 10   Scotland
2008-11-28   Kenya 28 - 7  Arabian Gulf
2008-11-28   South Africa 33 - 0  Arabian Gulf
2008-11-28   Kenya 38 - 0   Scotland
2008-11-28   Scotland 19 - 14  Arabian Gulf
2008-11-28   South Africa 31 - 0   Kenya

Pool CEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
  Samoa 3 3 0 0 71 26 +45 9
  Argentina 3 2 0 1 52 33 +19 7
  France 3 1 0 2 35 53 −17 5
  Georgia 3 0 0 3 26 73 −47 3
Date Team 1 Score Team 2
2008-11-28   Samoa 19 - 14   France
2008-11-28   Argentina 26 - 7   Georgia
2008-11-28   Samoa 33 - 7   Georgia
2008-11-28   Argentina 21 - 7   France
2008-11-28   France 14 - 12   Georgia
2008-11-28   Samoa 19 - 5   Argentina

Pool DEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
  England 3 3 0 0 83 22 +61 9
  Fiji 3 2 0 1 64 40 +24 7
  Portugal 3 1 0 2 29 55 −26 5
  United States 3 0 0 3 34 93 −59 3
Date Team 1 Score Team 2
2008-11-28   Fiji 47 - 12   United States
2008-11-28   England 31 - 7   Portugal
2008-11-28   Fiji 12 - 0   Portugal
2008-11-28   England 24 - 10   United States
2008-11-28   United States 12 - 22   Portugal
2008-11-28   Fiji 5 - 28   England

KnockoutEdit

ShieldEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
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  Wales26
 
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 Arabian Gulf7
 
 Arabian Gulf22
 
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  Georgia12
 
  Portugal19
 
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  Georgia7
 
 Arabian Gulf7
 
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  United States31
 
  France22
 
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  United States12
 
  United States17
 
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  Scotland14
 
  Scotland5
 
 
  Zimbabwe19
 

BowlEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
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  Wales26
 
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 Arabian Gulf7
 
  Wales0
 
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  Portugal24
 
  Portugal19
 
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  Georgia7
 
  Portugal24
 
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  France0
 
  France22
 
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  United States12
 
  France17
 
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  Zimbabwe12
 
  Scotland5
 
 
  Zimbabwe19
 

PlateEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
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  New Zealand21
 
November 29 - The Sevens, Dubai
 
  Kenya17
 
  Kenya26
 
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  Argentina24
 
  England15
 
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  Argentina5
 
  Kenya7
 
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  Samoa12
 
  Samoa7
 
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  Fiji12
 
  Samoa17
 
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  Australia14
 
  South Africa19
 
 
  Australia0
 

CupEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
November 29 - The Sevens, Dubai
 
 
  New Zealand21
 
November 29 - The Sevens, Dubai
 
  Kenya17
 
  New Zealand19
 
November 29 - The Sevens, Dubai
 
  England21
 
  England15
 
November 29 - The Sevens, Dubai
 
  Argentina5
 
  England12
 
November 29 - The Sevens, Dubai
 
  South Africa19
 
  Samoa7
 
November 29 - The Sevens, Dubai
 
  Fiji12
 
  Fiji7
 
November 29 - The Sevens, Dubai
 
  South Africa10
 
  South Africa19
 
 
  Australia0
 

StatisticsEdit

Individual pointsEdit

Individual points [2]
Updated:2008-11-30
Pos. Player Country Points
1 Tomasi Cama   New Zealand 41
2 Ollie Phillips   England 39
3 Lavin Asego   Kenya 36
4= Collins Injera   Kenya 35
4= Mzwandile Stick   South Africa 35
6 Lolo Lui   Samoa 32
7 Pedro Leal   Portugal 31
8 Tim Nanai-Williams   New Zealand 26
9= Robert Ebersohn   South Africa 25
9= Rayno Benjamin   South Africa 25

Individual triesEdit

Individual tries [3]
Updated:2008-11-30
Pos. Player Country Tries
1 Collins Injera   Kenya 7
2= Rayno Benjamin   South Africa 5
2= Isoa Damu   England 5
2= Robert Ebersohn   South Africa 5
2= David Mateus   Portugal 5
6= Thomas Combezou   France 4
6= Apelu Fa'aiuga   Samoa 4
6= Vereniki Goneva   Fiji 4
6= Tim Mikkelson   New Zealand 4
6= Tim Nanai-Williams   New Zealand 4

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Emirates unveils Dubai venue 'The Sevens'". International Rugby Board. 2008-07-02. Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-09-17.
  2. ^ "Season Player Points". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
  3. ^ "Season Player Tries". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-04.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Edinburgh Sevens
Dubai Sevens
2008
Succeeded by
George Sevens