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With the Men’s HSBC 2018/2019 Sevens finished, it’s time to take one, final look back at the ten-city season.
The chart in the photograph (And Wales is the bottom team) indicates the difference between this year and the last in the accumulation of points.
- The USA’s 60-point increase from last season represents the statistical story of the team’s success. The Eagles tied Fiji for most medal appearances with seven. The 177 points placed the USA in second place, a four-slot gain from their sixth-place finish last year,
- A resurgent Samoa achieved a significant 48-point gain, second only to the Eagles’ increase. After a spate of poor years, the Samoans hired former All Black sevens coach, Gordon Tietjens, who helped turn the program around. Samoa placed second in the Las Vegas tournament.
- France enjoyed its best sevens season with an eighth-place finish, and a substantial points’ gain of 46-points, third highest to the USA and Samoa. Les Bleus recorded two second place finishes, their best effort in the history of the series.
- Kenya fell 67-points in the 2018/2019 season, a precipitous drop for the African side that always seemed competitive in the past. Kenya dropped from eighth to 13th in the standings.
- South Africa also experienced a substantial falling-off with a 34-point loss. The Blitzboks dropped from first to fourth place. One salient reason for the team’s poorer showing was the absence of sevens ace Rosko Specman, who transferred to the Springbok fifteen.
Medal Finishes (Gold, Silver and Bronze = 30 total)
Team 2017/2018 2018/2019 +/-
Fiji 6 7 +1
USA 1 7 +6
NZ 3 5 +2
Aust. 3 1 -2
SA 8 4 -4
Total 21 24 +3