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Cape Town Done, Olympic Year Next

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Cape Town Done, Olympic Year Next

Danny Barrett powers over against England. Mike Lee KLC Fotos for World Rugby.

The Cape Town 7s worked the same as the Dubai 7s and shortened some of the consolation brackets in order to fit both the men and the women in one field.

With that format, the Eagle men had just the one game. Finishing 3rd in their pool, the USA had the best points difference of the 3rd-place teams, and so played England (2nd-best points difference) for 9th. Thanks to an excellent power run from Maka Unufe, a thunder charge down the sideline by Danny Barrett, and a wild, weaving run from Carlin Isles the USA won 17-12 to take 9th. 

Ben Broselle also appeared to score on a breakaway but the try was called back saying he didn't release after a tackle, although it might have been interpreted as his not being held in the tackle.

The Eagle Women lost 15-14 to Canada in the quarterfinals, with a Julia Greenshields try negating two Alev Kelter converted tries. That game was the last for the women, too, and the four teams that lost the quarterfinals were then ranked based on points difference. The USA had the best points difference and so took 5th.

Will that be the same in the LA 7s? That tournament will be a stand-alone men's event, since the USA has already held its women's event. Judging by the Glendale event, yes, the LA 7s will have the full slate of games including consolation brackets for 5th place. 

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Now the World Series teams look to the beginning of 2020 and the real push to the Olympics in the summer in Tokyo. Next up for the World Series is Hamilton, NZ January 25-26 (Men and Women), and Sydney, Australia Febuary 1-2 (Men and Women).

Following that will be the Los Angeles 7s February 29 to March 1, and that will be a Men-only competition, as will be the Vancouver 7s a week later.

The standings are below. 

Stats leaders:

Women Points: Alev Kelter, USA, 121
Women Tries: Emma Tonegato, Aus., 17 (Kelter 3rd at 15)
Women Tackles: Ruby Tui, NZ, 52 (Lauren Doyle 9th at 33)

Men Points: Jean Pascal Baraque, France, 73 (Madison Hughes 11th at 38)
Men Tries: Jordan Conroy, Ireland, 11 (Carlin Isles 5th at 7)
Men Tackles: Paulin Riva, France, 26 (Madison Hughes 5th, 21)


Sevens World Series Standings After Cape Town
2019-2020 Women World Series Standings    2019-2020 Men World Series Standings 
1 NZL 56 | 1 NZL 41
2 AUS 50 | 2 RSA 41
3 USA 48 | 3 FRA 29
4 CAN 44 | 4 ARG 24
5 FRA 40 | 5 ENG 24
6 RUS 24 | 6 FIJ 23
7 ESP 22 | 7 SAM 19
8 FIJ 20 | 8 AUS 18
9 ENG 16 | 9 USA 18
10 IRE 11 | 10 IRE 17
11 JPN 4 | 11 KEN 15
12 BRA 4 | 12 CAN 13
13 RSA 3 | 13 SCO 13
      | 14 ESP 9
      | 15 WAL 3
      | 16 JPN 3