The Adelaide Rugby Sevens 2011 thread

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    This will be the official Roar update thread on the 2011 HSBC IRB Sevens event being held in Adelaide this weekend. I hope you can all contribute and give live scores, updates, and news as best as we can.

    Okay, let’s start with the teams and pools:

    POOL A
    New Zealand (NZL)
    Kenya (KEN)
    Wales (WAL)
    Cook Islands (COK)

    This is actually quite a tough pool. Since Kenya and Wales (reigning RWC Sevens champions) have beaten New Zealand before. If New Zealand are not up to the task, I can see the Welsh rolling them over.

    Kenya is not doing so well as in recent seasons. Cook Islands are again one of those teams that could upset Wales and Kenya.

    But I see New Zealand and Wales progressing.

    POOL B
    England (ENG)
    Argentina (ARG)
    Scotland (SCO)
    Papua New Guinea (PNG)

    England looks like certain qualifiers. I see PNG as a surprise package.

    They could be the surprise quarter-finalists. Argentina and Scotland must really really be on their best if they wish to make a impression after failing to reach the Cup quarter-finals last weekend.

    My prediction is England and PNG to progress.

    POOL C
    Fiji (FIJ)
    Australia (AUS)
    United States (USA)
    Tonga (TON)

    Fiji was looking fantastic last week until that shock loss to the Kiwis. USA and Tonga will be tough for the other teams, especially Tonga, who have a history of being hard opposition for Fiji.

    However, I predict Fiji and Australia to progress. But as for who is first in the Pool, I cannot decide yet.

    POOL D
    South Africa (RSA)
    Samoa (SAM)
    France (FRA)
    Japan (JPN)

    I see an easy qualification for South Africa and Samoa, with South Africa topping the Pool. France and Japan have the tools to defeat RSA and SAM, but they seem to lack the skill-set to use the tools to their advantage.

    Who do you think will win this weekend’s Adelaide IRB Sevens?

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    • April 1st 2011 @ 9:45am
      kovana said | April 1st 2011 @ 9:45am | ! Report

      All right.. Here are the current standings for The HSBC IRB Sevens series.

      1 NEW ZEALAND 110
      2 ENGLAND 105
      3 FIJI 84
      SAMOA 84
      5 SOUTH AFRICA 72
      6 AUSTRALIA 46
      7 ARGENTINA 24
      8 WALES 18
      9 KENYA 12
      10 PORTUGAL 8
      RUSSIA 8
      SCOTLAND 8
      13 UNITED STATES 6
      14 CANADA 5

    • April 1st 2011 @ 9:50am
      Evan Roberts said | April 1st 2011 @ 9:50am | ! Report

      Wales have been playing lots of academy players this year, as opposed to Sevens specialists, so I very much doubt they can compete with the best any longer. It is a shame portugal and Russia are missing from this round as they both are promising sides.

    • April 1st 2011 @ 9:53am
      kovana said | April 1st 2011 @ 9:53am | ! Report

      How Many Core teams are there again in the series?

      If Russia and Portugal accumulate more points then Canada at the end of the series.. Surely they should be a core team.

      Im sure we will be seeing Russia and Portugal in the London and Murrayfield 7s later.

      • April 2nd 2011 @ 11:48am
        Shahsan said | April 2nd 2011 @ 11:48am | ! Report

        Yes, i agree with both of you. Russia and Portugal should be given every chance to develop. Canada and the US have been around for a long time but haven’t made enough big strides. The US did well in the past two seasons, but have faded away a bit. Both countries need to step up or lose their core places.

    • April 1st 2011 @ 1:40pm
      Brad said | April 1st 2011 @ 1:40pm | ! Report

      Aussies will go no further than the usual QF match. My observations of them so far this season is that they lack a stepper in the middle of the field and a flyer out wide. The non-selection of John Grant this weekend further exacerbates the problem. Bernard Foley is the only one creating while I like the look of Zack Holmes who has plenty of pace and will have a go.

      Those lucky to be there on current form are Shaun Foley, Jonno Lance and Ed Jenkins.

    • April 1st 2011 @ 4:26pm
      kovana said | April 1st 2011 @ 4:26pm | ! Report

      Kemani and Sefanaia have been included in the Aussie squad.

    • April 1st 2011 @ 4:29pm
      Kovana said | April 1st 2011 @ 4:29pm | ! Report

      Oh.. and please Roar Mods…

      Please keep this Article as a live update for the 7s in Adelaide please.. Keep it near the top! Or on the front page!

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        April 1st 2011 @ 4:43pm
        Tristan Rayner said | April 1st 2011 @ 4:43pm | ! Report

        Will you be live updating mate?

        • April 2nd 2011 @ 10:17am
          kovana said | April 2nd 2011 @ 10:17am | ! Report

          Im relying on the collective efforts of the Rugby fans here on the roar.

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