After four rounds of sevens rugby action which saw just under fifty clubs participating in what we believe is the worlds largest organisational sevens rugby tournament we now see the top four form each pool on the finals day.
This Saturday sixteen teams will take to the field at CPUT to eventually end up in The Cup, The Plate, The Shield and
The Bowl sections.
The winners from the first round will remain competitive in The Cup whilst the losers from the first round will move to The Shield competition thereafter teams move to the Plate and Bowl competition in they lose again.
To get the day started Tygerberg face Kuilsriver and Hamiltons are up against Albions on fields A and B respectively at 11:30.
2018 Champions Tygerberg are unbeaten so far, and with the tournament, top try scorer Rosco Syster they will be a handful. To date, Syster has accumulated one hundred and sixty-six points with twenty tries and thirty-three conversions, which certainly puts him in the running for tournament top points scorer.
Hamiltons who ended second in Pool D under the guidance of former WP Rugby player Morgan Newman have lost only one match to date are scoring an average of five tries per match versus Albion’s three per match will be looking to make up for last year when they ended up as runners up to Tygerberg. Both Cameron Anderson (Hamiltons) and Xavier Mitchell (Albions ) are on a ten try run and as the two teams top try scorers these players could make the difference for either side.
Hands and Hearts who is generally known as a sevens specialist team face Hamlets and with them, in third place as the tournament point scoring team, they will be a big threat. Bellville faces Kylemore at the same time. Both these teams have lost only one match and we expect yet another close game.
Durbell face Young Peoples and Stellenbosch take on Goodwood in the third sequence of the day. The stats between these two teams is negligible as there is only a three-point overall score difference and both are on an equal four tries per game average. In contrast to this match, Stellenbosch has greater on paper advantage over Goodwood having scored more than a hundred points more overall.
Belhar will have their work cut out for them in the opening matches when they face False Bay. False Bay is currently the tournaments top points scoring team and top try-scoring team. The interesting fact here is that False Bay does not have any player in the top twenty top trie scorers, it’s this statistic that indicated False Bay are effective at utilising all more of their players.
UWC have the Duran Peter Hoffman and will be looking to put his try-scoring ability to work when they face Uni Mil in the final match of the opening games. The stats are in favour of UWC but UniMil will no doubt bring all their experienced passion to the field.
With all these matches scheduled for the weekend and with prize money for teams and players on offer, we expect yet another exciting day of Seven Rugby.