The HSBC World 7’s series resumes in Sydney on Friday and there promises to be plenty of opportunities for punters to get involved.
New Zealand currently top the overall standings on 41 points ahead of South Africa’s 7’s team on 39. The Blitzbokke had hit the lead early with victory in Dubai over New Zealand but they failed to make the final in Cape Town where their oldest rivals took the title. The defending series champions, the Blitzbokke, are even money favourites to win the series with New Zealand 22/10, Fiji 7/2 and England 13/2. You can get 25/1 and better the balance – click here for series betting.
Sydney 7’s last season
South Africa met England in the final last year winning 29-14 with New Zealand taking up 3rd place with exactly the same winning margin over hosts Australia.
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South Africa 19/20
New Zealand 28/10
30/1 and better the balance
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Let’s take a look at the pools for the Sydney 7’s.
Pool A: New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Russia
Pool A sees Fiji and New Zealand grouped together and while Russia are unlikely to trouble them, Samoa have certainly shown improved form this season and may just be capable of an upset. That being said I cannot see past the top 2 sides here and both New Zealand and Fiji should progress to the quarter-finals.
Pool B: Argentina, France, Wales, Kenya
Pool B looks one of the weaker pools but at the same time quite evenly contested. Argentina currently sit 4th on the series points table and they are probably favourites to progress butany of France, Kenya and Wales could cause them problems and I am hard pressed to select which 2 sides willadvance here.
Pool C: South Africa,England, Spain, Papua New Guinea
Like Pool A, Pool C features 2 of the favourites together in England and South Africa but neither team should be concerned as their opponents in this pool will have no chance against them and both sides will progress to the quarter-finals, it is just a question of which positions they will fill.
Pool D: Canada, USA, Australia, Scotland
Hosts Australia should progress from Pool D where they are up against Scotland, the USA and Canada but all 3 of those teams can on their day upset the apple cart and Canada were particularly impressive in Cape Town. Australia made the semi-finals at home last season so they have a history of lifting themselves at home but I won’t be putting any money on the outcome of this pool at this stage.
Suggested Bet: Fiji to win at 33/10
I was impressed with Fiji in Dubai and I felt that they were the only side capable of beating the Blitzbokke that week. They failed to fire in Cape Town but they have plenty of quality in their squad and more than 3 times the price of South Africa I do think they offer some value.
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