Sun. Apr 21st, 2024

In a spectacular final at the Cape Town leg of the Sevens World Series, Argentina showcased their prowess by overwhelming Australia 45-12, securing victory and celebrating by breaking the pitch-side pool at the Cape Town Stadium while receiving their trophy. This victory followed Argentina’s defeat by the Blitzboks in the Dubai final just a week prior, highlighting their resilience and skill in the Mother City.

The Pumas Sevens exuberantly jumped into the pool, joined by the Australian Women’s team, who triumphed over France with a 29-26 win in their final. The Australian Women’s team, also recent Sevens World Cup champions in Cape Town, displayed exceptional resilience by playing the entire second half with only six players after a red card.

Both the Argentine men’s and Australian women’s sides demonstrated superior performance throughout the Cape Town tournament, exhibiting not only physicality but also impressive pace and panache. However, the hosts, Blitzboks, failed to replicate this success due to a combination of injuries and schoolboy errors, leading to their sixth-place finish after defeats against Australia and New Zealand on Sunday.

Blitzboks head coach, Sandile Ngcobo, emphasized the importance of possession and acknowledged the team’s challenges at the breakdown. Despite the defeats to Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, Ngcobo highlighted the competitive nature of the revamped World Series format, emphasizing the unpredictability and intensity of each match.

As the team plans for a short break, Ngcobo stated that they will regroup in early January to commence preparations for the upcoming event in Perth. The coach remains aware of the tough competition in the series, acknowledging that every match holds significant importance in the quest for success.

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