Cape Town - Fiji won the fourth instalment
of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens - becoming the fourth different
champion in the Mother City - on a weekend which delivered the most tries ever
at a packed Cape Town Stadium.
When USA speedster, Carlin
Isles, crossed the tryline in injury time of the Cup final, he scored the 297th
five-pointer of the weekend, which was 10 more than in the first year of the
HSBC Cape Town Sevens, when the chalk was crossed 287 times.
That equated to 6.6 tries per
match, or one try every 127 seconds. Last year’s tally was 271 and in 2016, a
total of 282 tries were scored.
The total attendance over the
two days at the Cape Town Stadium was 107 905 spectators (51 449 on Saturday
and 56 456 on Sunday), slightly lower than 2017’s record crowd of 115 396.
Fiji won the Cup final 29-15 over the USA, while the Springbok Sevens team finished third for a second
consecutive year after beating New Zealand, 10-5, in the bronze medal match.
“We’re very proud of what the
HSBC Cape Town Sevens tournament has become and this weekend proved yet again
that South Africans love their rugby and a good time,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of
“The stats have shown that
just over a third of fans come from Cape Town, while close to half are from outside
the Western Cape or abroad - which demonstrates the appeal for people to travel
to the Mother City for this tournament.
“I would like to congratulate
Fiji on winning the title, the Blitzboks on never giving up despite losing a
number of key players to injury, but also the other 14 nations that thrilled us
with their speed, skills and dedication out on the pitch.”
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