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Watch: Four players that smashed it at the Cape Town Sevens

By Dan Thomson
Joe Ravouvou of New Zealand

The Cape Town Sevens was the second stop on the World Series circuit for this season. As well as showing us that the All Blacks Sevens might not be in as great a demise as we all thought, it also showcased some of the outrageous highlights that you can only find in the abbreviated form of the game.

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Here’s some of the top performers:

It was a tough time for Uganda in Cape Town as they only claimed one win during the tournament. It didn’t get any easier in their final game when Kenyan Jeffrey Olouch ran through them to score from 95 metres out. Olouch backs himself the whole way as he produces a big head on bump off, then slips another two weak tackle attempts.

Danny Barrett from the USA showed France why you should always go low as he dishes out a big don’t argue to put the defender flat on his back. Barrett then fends off the next incoming defender who tries to take him out. The 102kg flanker is not a player you want to come up against in those wide channels.

England’s Harry Glover showed a great combination of speed and strength when he scored against Argentina from within his own half. Glover slips inside four Argentinian defenders with a big left foot step and then goes on to fend off the next player for almost 20 metres before breaking free and running in a try for England.

All Blacks Sevens’ Joe Ravouvou caused serious trouble for the Argentinian defence in the Cup Final when he powered his way to the try line from 25 metres out. It looked like he would be wrapped up by the initial two defenders but through immense determination and leg drive he stayed on his feet for 13 seconds and beat four players to get over the line. This is one Argentina won’t want to re-watch.

The All Blacks Sevens ended up taking out the top prize with a 38- 14 win against Argentina, their first cup final victory since March 2016. However, it’ll be clear for many coaches that tackling is a serious area for improvement before they regroup for the next leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series, in Sydney on 26th January.

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Jean de Villiers' three word response to 'best in the world' debate

This ‘raging’ debate is only happenning in media circles and has never been a topic in Ireland (although SA media are interested). It makes the media companies money I guess. SA are RWC champions and #1 ranked team although Ireland are back within a point there. The facts point to SA. For a lot of 2021 France beat ALL their rivals and Ireland similar in 2022-2023. It is not wrong to say that on such form either can be deemed to be the current best team if they have beaten all their rivals and ranked #1. The ‘have to have won a world cup’ stipulation is nonsense. The world cup draw and scheduling has been tailored to the traditional big teams since the start. The scheduling also which sees the big teams sheltered from playing a hard pool match the week before has also been a constant. It is extraordinary that for example France have made so many finals. Ireland who were realistically only contenders in 2023 were in a Pool with two other top 5 teams and had to play one of them 7 days before a quarter final against France or New Zealand. Always going to be a coin toss. Scotland’s situation was worse. New Zealand had great chances in 1995, 1999, 2007 but they could not win a tight RWC match. The first tight match they ever won was versus France in the 2011 final, literally they lost every other tight match before that. Some of those NZ teams around that era were #1 surely?

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