With just three series left in the Rugby 7s 2018/2019 season, the Singapore leg is crucial for the top three sides in the standings. The USA is leading with 130 points but Fiji closed the gap after an impressive performance in Hong Kong last weekend. New Zealand rounds out the top sides with 118 points and they’ll need to win this leg. The action begins on Saturday afternoon at Singapore National Stadium and the final will be played on Sunday night from 9pm.
In Pool A, Fiji and South Africa have been paired together with their clash headlining the Pool stages. It will occur on Saturday night as the last Pool game. Fiji continued their winning ways in Hong Kong, taking out the series once again. They’ll be looking to defend their Singapore title as well after beating Australia 28-22 in 2018. South Africa lost in the Quarters and the 5th place final in Hong Kong. They will likely finish 2nd in this Pool as Fiji look unstoppable.
Pool B is headlined by France, a side that is absolutely on fire. They progressed all the way to the Hong Kong final, which proved their effort in Vancouver wasn’t a fluke. Ultimately, they lost 21-7 in the final but this side is proving hard to back against. They will face tough competition against Argentina and maybe Australia. The Argentian side battled hard against Fiji in the Quarters and beat New Zealand in the 5th place final. The Aussies finished 3rd in the Pool stages in the last series and will need to produce a few upsets if they’re a chance here. But in the end, France is again paying very good value to win Pool B.
Pool C will see a tough battle for the top spot between the USA and England. Both sides played in the Pool stages in Hong Kong and England surprised the Americans 28-22 on their way to a 3-0 record. While the USA went 1-2 in the Pool stages, they found form in the finals as they beat Samoa 22-10 for the Bronze medal. So they look to have the best momentum of any side in Pool C. There’s also the other fact that they lead the standings by just 7 points and finishing top spot will give them a nice benefit in the final stages.
This Pool is headlined by the rivalry matchup between the Kiwis and Samoa. New Zealand will be desperate to recapture their form after losing in the Hong Kong Quarters. They’ve now fallen 12 points behind the USA in the standings and their now running out of time for a chance at the #1 spot. Samoa will be a tough challenge after competing for the Bronze medal in Hong Kong. They should easily beat Japan and Spain, which will likely set up a battle for the top spot on Saturday night. There’s every possibility they beat NZ, considering the rivalry and that makes them a solid value bet in Pool D.
The major question mark at the 2019 Singapore Rugby 7s is can you back against Fiji? They are the defending champions in Singapore and their record after winning a series is impressive. Earlier this season, they won in Cape Town and backed it up with a series win in Hamilton. Meanwhile, in 2017/2018 they won 4 straight series, which also included the Hong Kong/Singapore double. The Fijians are a confident side and they’ll also be motivated to chase down the USA in the standings.
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