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The 2018 South Africa Sevens was the second tournament within the 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series and the twentieth edition of the South Africa Sevens. It was held on 8–9 December 2018 at Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.[1][2][3]

2018 South Africa Sevens
Sevens World Series XX
Host nation South Africa
Date8–9 December 2018
Cup
Champion Fiji
Runner-up United States
Third South Africa
Challenge Trophy
Winner Argentina
Tournament details
Matches played45
Tries scored293 (average 6.511 per match)
Top point scorer Francisco Hernández (45)
Top try scorer Franco Sábato (7)
2017
2019

Contents

FormatEdit

The teams were drawn into four pools of four teams each. Each team played every other team in their pool once. The top two teams from each pool advanced to the Cup brackets where teams competed for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals. The bottom two teams from each group went to the playoffs in the Challenge Trophy brackets.

TeamsEdit

Fifteen core teams are participating in the tournament along with one invited team, 2018 Africa Men's Sevens winners Zimbabwe:

Pool stageEdit

All times in South African Standard Time (UTC+2:00)

Key to colours in group tables
Teams that advanced to the Cup Quarterfinal

Pool AEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
  South Africa 3 2 0 1 86 38 +48 6
  New Zealand 3 2 0 1 78 42 +36 6
  Samoa 3 2 0 1 66 51 +15 6
  Zimbabwe 3 0 0 3 12 111 −99 0
8 December 2018
12:27
South Africa   22–12   Samoa
Try: Brown  6'
Snyman  8'
Geduld  9'
Visser  12'
Con: Geduld  13'
[1] Try: Afamasaga  2'
Vaili  15'
Con: Tupou  2'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: James Doleman

8 December 2018
12:49
New Zealand   35–0   Zimbabwe
Try: Knewstubb  4'
Gregory  8'12'
Masirewa  11'14'
Con: Knewstubb  4'9'
Koroi  11'12'
McGarvey Black  14'
[2]
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Damian Schneider

8 December 2018
15:48
South Africa   43–0   Zimbabwe
Try: Soyizwapi   1' 6' 14'
Specman   5'
Brown   8'
Geduld   8'
Visser   12'
Con: Geduld   1' 5' 9'
Du Preez   8'
[3]
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Jeremy Rozier

8 December 2018
16:10
New Zealand   17–21   Samoa
Try: Molia  4' 13'
Ng Shiu   7'
Con: Knewstubb   4'
[4] Try: Motuga   2'
Afamasaga   10'
Mealoi   15'
Con: Tupou   2'
Tusitala   10'
Mealoi  15'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge

8 December 2018
19:34
Samoa   33–12   Zimbabwe
Try: Afamasaga   1'11'
Alofipo   4'
Tusitala   5'
Motuga   15'
Con: Tupou   2' 5'
Alosio   11'
R Ene   15'
[5] Try: Hunduza   7'
Chitokwindo   9'
Con: Hunduza   7'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Paulo Duarte

8 December 2018
19:56
New Zealand   26–21   South Africa
Try: Knewstubb   7'
Molia   10'14'
Koroi   17'
Con: Knewstubb   7'15'
Koroi   11'
[6] Try: Specman   5'
Kok   10'
Du Preez   13'
Con: Geduld   6'10'13'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Damon Murphy

Pool BEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
  United States 3 3 0 0 123 31 92 9
  Spain 3 2 0 1 104 50 54 6
  Argentina 3 1 0 2 61 73 −12 3
  Japan 3 0 0 3 7 141 −134 0
8 December 2018
11:43
Argentina   12–35   Spain
Try: Carreras  4'
Sabato  8'
Con: Mare  4'
[7] Try: Carrion  6'14'
Fontes  9'11'
Pla  13'
Con: Hernandez  6'9'11'13'15'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Jeremy Rozler

8 December 2018
12:05
United States   54–0   Japan
Try: Iosefo  1'
Baker  2'
Hughes 
Tomasin  6'10'
Thompson  9'
Leuta  11'
Isles  15'
Con: Tomasin  2'5'7'10'10'12'
Hughes  4'
[8]
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Matt Rodden

8 December 2018
15:04
Argentina   35–7   Japan
Try: Carreras   2'
Bazan Velez   5'
F Sabato   7'
M Moroni   8'
L Gonzalez   9'
Con: Bazan Velez   3'
Revol   5' 8'8' 10'
[9] Try: Noguchi   12'
Con: Sakai   12'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Paulo Duarte

8 December 2018
15:26
United States   38–17   Spain
Try: Williams  2'
Tomasin  6'12'
Barrett   11'
Isles   14'
Brown   16'
Con: Tomasin   2' 7'
Hughes   11'15'
[10] Try: Rodriguez-Guerra   3'
Losada   4'
Poggi   9'
Con: Hernandez  4'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Damian Schneider

8 December 2018
18:50
Spain   52–0   Japan
Try: Pla   1' 6'
Hernandez   4'9'
Losada   5'
Poggi   8'
Sainz-Trapaga Devoto   11'
Alonso   13'
Con: Hernandez   1' 4'7' 8'9' 12'
[11]
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Richard Haughton

8 December 2018
19:12
United States   31–14   Argentina
Try: Williams   3'
Hughes   8'
Iosefo   10'
Leuta   11'
Baker   14'
Con: Hughes  3'10'15'
[12] Try: Saboato  5'
Cinti Luna  7'
Con: Revol  6'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: James Doleman

Pool CEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
  Fiji 3 3 0 0 109 26 83 9
  England 3 2 0 1 74 45 29 6
  France 3 1 0 2 31 88 −57 3
  Kenya 3 0 0 3 31 86 −55 0
8 December 2018
10:59
Fiji   50–0   France
Try: Nacuqu  4'
Tuimaba  5'9'
Botitu  8'
Nasoko  10'
Naduva  11'
Tuwai  13'16'
Con: Nacuqu  4'12'16'
Ravouvou  6'9'
[13]
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge

8 December 2018
11:21
England   29–12   Kenya
Try: Waddleton  1'
Norton  7'9'13'
Burgess  14'
Con: Mitchell  2'14'
[14] Try: Kuto  4'
Mugaisi  8'
Con: Agero  4'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Damon Murphy

8 December 2018
14:20
Fiji   38–7   Kenya
Try: Derenalagi  1'10'
Naduva  3'7'
Nasoko  5'Mocenacagi  8'
Con: Ravouvou  1'5'
Nacuqu  9'
Botitu  10'
[15] Try: Onyala  12'
Con: Agero  12'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Richard Haughton

8 December 2018
14:42
England   26–12   France
Try: Mitchell  5'
Norton  10'
Muir  12'
Olowofela  14'
Con: Mitchell  10'12'14'
[16] Try: Huyard  3'7'
Con: Riva  8'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: James Doleman

8 December 2018
17:41
France   19–12   Kenya
Try: Mazzoleni   4'
Bouhraoua   7'
Riva   13'
Con: Riva   8'
Barraque   14'
[17] Try: Otiero  2'9'
Con: Agero  9'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Matt Rodden

8 December 2018
18:03
England   19–21   Fiji
Try: Muir  8'14'
Davis  14'
Con: Bibby  8'
Mitchell  14'
[18] Try: Derenalagi   2'
Tuimaba   4'
Tuwai   12'
Con: Botitu  3'
Ravouvou   4'
Nacuqu   13'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Jeremy Rozier

Pool DEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
  Australia 3 3 0 0 76 43 33 9
  Scotland 3 2 0 1 63 47 16 6
  Canada 3 1 0 2 57 57 0 3
  Wales 3 0 0 3 28 77 −49 0
8 December 2018
10:15
Scotland   21–14   Canada
Try: Fergusson  2'
Bryce  8'
McFarland  15'
Con: Lowe  2'*'
Fergusson  14'
[19] Try: Braid  4'
Kay  9'
Con: Hirayama  4'10'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Richard Haughton

8 December 2018
10:37
Australia   21–14   Wales
Try: Hutchison  5'
Anderson  11'
Longbottom  15'
Con: Porch  6'12'16'
[20] Try: Jones  3'
Blacker  13'
Con: Jones  3'
Treherne  14'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Paulo Duarte

8 December 2018
13:36
Scotland   28–7   Wales
Try: McFarland  5'
Lowe  7'
Riddell  9'
Nayacavou  12'
Con: Lowe  6'7'9'
Fergusson  13'
[21] Try: Jones  16'
Con: Treherne  16'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Damon Murphy

8 December 2018
13:58
Australia   29–15   Canada
Try: Porch  1'7'10'
Malouf  3'5'
Con: Porch  4'5'
[22] Try: Douglas  8'11'
Hirayama  14'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Matt Rodden

8 December 2018
16:57
Canada   28–7   Wales
Try: Douglas  2'13'
Braid  5'
Mullins  8'
Con: Hirayama  3'5'9'13'
[23] Try: Bagshaw  8'
Con: Treherne  8'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Damian Schneider

8 December 2018
17:19
Australia   26–14   Scotland
Try: Longbottom  1'
Parahi  3'
Porch  10'
Con: Porch  2'4'10'
[24] Try: Fergusson  8'
Elms  12'
Con: Lowe  9'12'
Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge

Knockout stageEdit

Thirteenth placeEdit

 
Semi-finalsThirteenth place
 
      
 
9 December – 13:57 – Cape Town
 
 
  Wales28
 
9 December – 17:43 – Cape Town
 
  Japan7
 
  Wales26
 
9 December – 14:19 – Cape Town
 
  Kenya33
 
  Zimbabwe19
 
 
  Kenya31
 

Challenge TrophyEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
9 December – 10:36 – Cape Town
 
 
  Samoa31
 
9 December – 14:41 – Cape Town
 
  Wales26
 
  Samoa31
 
9 December – 10:58 – Cape Town
 
  France7
 
  France31
 
9 December – 18:05 – Cape Town
 
  Japan0
 
  Samoa14
 
9 December – 11:20 – Cape Town
 
  Argentina38
 
  Canada28
 
9 December – 15:03 – Cape Town
 
  Zimbabwe24
 
  Canada14
 
9 December – 11:42 – Cape Town
 
  Argentina24
 
  Argentina34
 
 
  Kenya31
 

Fifth placeEdit

 
Semi-finalsFifth place
 
      
 
9 December – 15:50 – Cape Town
 
 
  Scotland7
 
9 December – 18:36 – Cape Town
 
  Spain12
 
  Spain7
 
9 December – 16:12 – Cape Town
 
  England14
 
  Australia21
 
 
  England24
 

CupEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsCup Final
 
          
 
9 December – 12:04 – Cape Town
 
 
  South Africa21
 
9 December – 16:34 – Cape Town
 
  Scotland12
 
  South Africa12
 
9 December – 12:26 – Cape Town
 
  Fiji17
 
  Fiji46
 
9 December – 19:44 – Cape Town
 
  Spain7
 
  Fiji29
 
9 December – 12:48 – Cape Town
 
  United States15
 
  Australia17
 
9 December – 16:56 – Cape Town
 
  New Zealand26
 
  New Zealand12
 
9 December – 13:10 – Cape Town
 
  United States31 Third place
 
  United States19
 
9 December – 19:18 – Cape Town
 
  England12
 
  South Africa10
 
 
  New Zealand5
 

Tournament placingsEdit

Place Team Points
    Fiji 22
    United States 19
    South Africa 17
4   New Zealand 15
5   England 13
6   Spain 12
7   Australia 10
  Scotland 10
Place Team Points
9   Argentina 8
10   Samoa 7
11   Canada 5
  France 5
13   Kenya 3
14   Wales 2
15   Japan 1
  Zimbabwe 1

Source: World Rugby

PlayersEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Tries scored
Rank Player Tries
1   Franco Sábato 7
2   Alamanda Motuga 6
  Alasio Naduva
  David Afamasaga
  Kalione Nasoko
Points scored
Rank Player Points
1   Francisco Hernández 45
2   John Porch 44
3   Stephen Tomasin 43
4   Justin Geduld 37
5   Franco Sábato 35

Source: World Rugby

Dream TeamEdit

The following seven players were selected to the tournament Dream Team at the conclusion of the tournament:[4]

Forwards Backs
  Kalione Nasoko
  Danny Barrett
  David Afamasaga
  Alasio Naduva
  Madison Hughes
  Sione Molia
  Rosko Specman

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Captains all set for HSBC Cape Town Sevens". World Rugby. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  2. ^ "HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series - Cape Town 8-9 December 2018". World Rugby. 9 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  3. ^ "HSBC Cape Town Sevens Series - 8-9 December 2018". SA Rugby. 9 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Seven stars picked for Dream Team in Cape Town". World Rugby. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2019.

External linksEdit