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NEW ZEALAND CROWNED CAPE TOWN CHAMPIONS

The Cape Town Sevens awarded the USA 12 points in the tournament but it only elevated the Eagles a one notch improvement, moving up the ladder from thirteenth to twelfth. After a spectacular three pool wins, the USA went 1-2 on the second day, ending with a loss to Fiji for a sixth-place finish.

New Zealand defeated Argentina 38-14 for the Cup.

Carlin Isles suffered an injury. The Eagles need him and the previously injured Perry Baker to recover over the next six-weeks in time to return for the Sydney Sevens, the next stop on the 2017/2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens events.

The battle for first place remains close between New Zealand and South Africa. The first 12 placements follow:

  1. NZ - 42
  2. SA – 39
  3. Fiji - 30
  4. England -27
  5. Argentina - 24
  6. Australia - 21
  7. Canada - 20
  8. France - 18
  9. Samoa - 17
  10. Spain - 14
  11. Kenya - 13
  12. USA -13

The Eagles will need two good results in Sydney (January 27, 28) and Wellington (February 3,4) to climb out of the bottom of the pack and into contention.

The Cape Town Dream Team – 2017

The selection of the Dream team from Cape Town included some new stars. They are:

  • Mike Faulifau, Canada
  • Phil Snyman, SA
  • Justin Douglas, Canada
  • Tim Mikkleson, NZ
  • Amenoni Nasilasila, Fiji
  • Vilimoni Koroi, NZ
  • Rodrigo Etchart, Argentina