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SOUTH AFRICA CELEBRATE SERIES WIN

An analysis of the past three-years of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series indicates that consistency week-after-week generated the substantial points for the most competitive teams to finish high in both the Women’s and Men’s year end standings.

In the Women’s tournaments – 16 in total – Australia and New Zealand dominated the events, both averaging 17.9 points in three-years out of a possible win all worth 20 points. The Wallaroos especially demonstrated their sevens proficiency achieving 13 first (10) or second (3) place finishes in the sixteen events. The Black Ferns achieved nine such placements (3-6).

The USA managed two silver medal results, tallying a 10.3 average point per tournament, which set them fifth overall, an outcome identical to this season’s fifth place finish.

Women’s Data from Sixteen Tournaments in Three-Years:

Team              Average          First    Second      1&2

Australia           17.9                 10        3                   13

New Zealand  17.9                 3         6                      9

Canada              14.5                 2         3                      5

France                 11.8                 0         1                      1

USA                      10.3                 0         2                      2

Russia                  9.6                  0         1                      1

England               8.9                  1         0                      1

Fiji                           8.2                  0         0                      0

Spain                      5.6                  0         0                      0

Ireland                  4.6                  0         0                      0

The same consistency was evident in the Men’s events, totaling thirty tournaments in the same three-year span. The Men’s sides separate into four distinct tiers; Top (Fiji, South Africa, and New Zealand), Upper Middle Group (Australia, England, USA, and Argentina,) Lower Middle (Kenya, Scotland, Samoa, France, Canada, and Wales), and All Others.

In a more competitive event than the Women’s series where only four countries accounted for all the first-place results, the Men’s featured ten different nations taking the gold medal in the 30 events. The highest possible average was 22 for the thirty events, assuming a win in all thirty.

South Africa were the most unfailing, finishing first or second in 17 tournaments. However, Fiji won the most with nine victories, and 14 first or second results. New Zealand, once the dominant sevens team in the series (but no more) achieved six such placements as did erratic England.

Men’s Data from Thirty Tournaments in Three-Years:

Team              Average          First    Second        1&2

South Africa    18.2                 8          9                      17

Fiji                       17.0                 9          5                      14

New Zealand   14.8                 4          2                      6

England           12.6                 2          4                       6

Australia          12.3                 1          3                       4

USA                   12.1                 1          1                        2

Argentina        10.5                 0          3                        3

Kenya                 8.8                 1          2                        3

Scotland            8.4                 2          1                        3

Canada              7.1                 1          0                        1

France               6.8                 0          0                        0

Samoa               6.6                 1          0                        1

Wales                5.9                 0          0                        0

Russia              2.8                   0          0                        0