Fiji 7s’ are in for an uphill battle in Cape Town tourney

Fiji’s 7s teams, both men and women, have been grouped in tough pools for Cape Town this weekend, where the host men’s team is in high spirits following their win in Dubai last weekend.

The Fijian men’s team has been slotted into Pool A with hosts South Africa who are also the team to beat this weekend after their win in Dubai last weekend. The women don’t have it easy as well, pitted alongside the likes of New Zealand and Great Britain in their Pool B.

Also in the men’s Pool A grouping is France and Canada while the women’s Pool B also has Brazil.

Already, South Africa’s men’s captain Siviwe Soyizwapi is bullish about their chances, looking at the outing as a chance to make amends for their outing in the World Cup 7s earlier on.

“It is wonderful to have the HSBC Cape Town Sevens back in town. The vibe around the city is different and I think, having done well in Dubai last weekend, the mood in our team as well,” Soyizwapi told World Rugby 7s.

“We did not do well at the World Cup Sevens, so have this opportunity to fix that so soon after. We owe our supporters a good showing and will have to be at our very best if we want to do that. The standard of the World Series is so high at the moment and every game against any team can go either way. I think it is great for the spectators and the thousands of people expected this weekend will have some very exciting matches to watch.”

In other men’s draws, Ireland, Samoa, Uruguay and Japan make up Pool B, while Pool C has New Zealand, Argentina, Kenya and Spain. USA, reigning Series champions Australia, Great Britain and Uganda are in Pool D.

In the women’s pools Series title holders, Australia are drawn with Ireland, Spain and hosts South Africa in Pool A. Pool C sees the USA, France, Canada and Japan in action

Photo: World Rugby 7s

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