After two rounds of the 2010/2011 HSBC Sevens World Series, England lead with 44 points, followed by New Zealand with 40 and last year’s winners, Samoa, on 36. Perennial contenders Fiji are forth on 32 points. South Africa is in fifth place on 24 points after winning both the Dubai and South Africa Plate finals.
New Zealand, following their Commonwealth Games medal in 2010 and Samoa as 2009/2010 Series winners, went into the new season as favourites. While England holds the lead, both New Zealand and Samoa are still very much in contention.
The Dubai Sevens, the first tournament of the Series, took place on the 3rd and 4th of December. Cecil Afrika from South Africa scored the most tries and most points at the tournament, with 10 tries and 72 points. Despite being upset by Portugal, England went on to beat sevens powerhouses Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa on their way to the first tournament victory of the season. They defeated the winner of last year’s Dubai tournament, New Zealand, in the semi final and last year’s series winners, Samoa, in the final. It was Samoa’s second consecutive Dubai final, proving that their form last year was not a one season wonder.
South Africa Sevens
While England continued their good form by making both finals for the season, it was New Zealand who emerged victorious, retaining their South Africa title from last year. New Zealand defeated England in the closing moments of the match with a Tomasi Cama penalty goal. On their way to the final England defeated their Dubai final opponents, Samoa, and New Zealand defeated sevens-nemesis Fiji in the semi-finals.
Once again Cecil Afrika, at his home tournament, was the leading point scorer with 55 points. Seremaia Burotu of Fiji scored 9 tries, the most in the tournament.