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Aussies take Cape Town Challenge Trophy, NZ win Cup

11 December 2017

RUGBY SEVENS: The Aussie Sevens have taken out the Challenge Trophy at the Cape Town Sevens, finishing the tournament on a high, with a 26-7 win over Spain.

Australia bested Uganda and Wales on the way to the final victory, that will give them a sense of redemption after having a frustrating first day.

The Aussies found themselves up against their first opponents of the weekend in the trophy final, in Spain, and dominated from the outset.

Tim Anstee opened the scoring for Australia in the third minute, before Ben O'Donnell continued the impressive finishing he has shown all weekend, scoring either side of half-time to stretch out the scoreline.

Matthew Hood capped off his second tournament, and first as a fully-fledged starter, with a game-sealing try for the Aussies.

It was a game that showcased the next generation of Aussie Sevens coming through, with newer faces engineering the scores, injecting plenty of reason for optimism into the group.

Spain's Alejandro Alonso notched a consolation try on full-time, but it was too little too late.

Though the Aussies have put themselves on a tough road when it comes to seeding for Sydney, they will take a lot of confidence out of the tournament, with some resilience shown in that second day.

New Zealand took out the Cup trophy, beating Argentina 38-14 in the decider, while South Africa had to settle for third in their home tournament, beating Canada 19-17 in the third-place playoff.


Cup final

New Zealand 38- Argentina 14

Third-place playoff

South Africa 19 - Canada 17

Fifth-place playoff

Fiji 26 - USA 12


Men's World Series standings after Cape Town 7s

1. New Zealand - 41

2. South Africa - 39

3. Fiji - 28

4. England - 27

5. Argentina - 24

6. Australia - 21

7. Canada - 20

8. France - 18

9. Samoa - 17

10. Spain - 14

11. Kenya - 13

12. USA - 13

13. Scotland- 11

14. Wales - 8

15. Uganda - 5

16. Russia - 2


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