Richard Ferguson

Sevens hype all but over?


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sevens on 30 Aug 2016 at 16:45
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After the hype surrounding the Sevens team and its chance to win a medal at the Rio Olympics, it seems as if players will once again focus their attention on the 15 man game.

I am a big fan of Sevens, purely from an entertainment perspective, but it is with the 15 man game that my heart lies, and I am sure this is the case with most supporters. So it will be great news for most fans that players such as Seabelo Senatla and Kwagga Smith state their intention of playing the 15 man game.

It is reported that both Smith and Senatla have penned deals with their Unions to only be available for 4 Sevens tournaments in the 2016/2017 season, with the focus going onto Super Rugby next season. Smith has this stipulation in his contract with the Lions that he be available for Super Rugby next season, similar to Senatla’s Stormers contract.

Smith is already in training with the Lions and could very well be in the squad during the latter part of Currie Cup 2016.

What is really sad though, is the fact that a host of players pushed for selection for the Sevens team purely from a perspective of winning an Olympic medal. The constant rotation in the last year of Springbok Sevens, with the likes of Bryan Habana, Ryan Kankowski, Juan de Jongh and Francois Hougaard all getting runs, must be questioned. Was it this selfishness of some players that eventually cost the Blitzboks the Gold medal? We will never know…



22 Comments

  • And as I post the article I see the Lions have named Kwagga in the starting line up for the match against the Bulls this weekend.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.08.16 16:48:50 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Spot on. Too many 15′s players ruined the team at the Olympics. Very unfair on the players that have always been committed to the Sevens circuit.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.08.16 16:57:55 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 2) : Any chance we lure one or two? Chris Dry, Rosco or Geduld?

    Chris might be smirking about missing out on Olympics

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.08.16 17:00:46 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : difficult to say and we will never know. As for the players you mentioned being selfish I think if there’s someone to be be blamed it once again goes to the coach as he’s the guy who picked them and gave them a chance. Personally I don’t have a problem with them trying to make the squad as all of them previously played for the Blitz Bokke. Others may differ but every player had a fair chance and although I feel sad for the usuall 7′s players that missed out they had a chance to prove they belong in the squad. Rather feel sad for Senatla who was at the games but got injured and did not get a medal due to injury.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.08.16 17:02:04 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 4) : Are you serious? Doesn’t the whole squad get medals?

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.08.16 17:28:22 by Ben Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 4) : I’m pretty sure you know by now that coaches don’t pick the squads in South Africa.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.08.16 17:30:16 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 5) : I just checked. You’re spot on. He didn’t get a medal. What a farce!

    Francois Hougaard was nice enough to offer his to Senatla, but Senatla refused.

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.08.16 17:33:25 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 7) : He did?

    How did that not make headline news…not enough hate and controversy I guess.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.08.16 17:44:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : Which part did you read? I edited my comment as Wikipedia was inaccurate again.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.08.16 17:45:12 by Ben Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : @Ben (Comment 9) : Wikipedia suggests that Hougaard gave him his medal, but there’s an article on News24 stating that Hougaard offered him his medal, but Senatla refused.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.08.16 17:47:31 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 7) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : as I have it Senatla was offered the medal but declined as he did not play in medal game so feels the players that played should get the medals.
    For sure bad that not all the players in the squad get medals.

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.08.16 18:32:57 by JD Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 6) : ja well yes?!?!?! Also true!?!?!

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.08.16 18:36:49 by JD Reply
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  • Only the squad of 12 got medals. Hougaard replaced Senatla in the squad. The last I read was that Hougaard eventually left the medal in Senatla’s room or something and Senatla then accepted the gift

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.08.16 21:18:26 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 13) : Yup you are correct regarding the medals and Hougaard basically not giving Senatla a choice in taking the medal so good on him.

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.08.16 08:23:03 by SheldonK Reply

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  • In terms of the 7s and Olympics i think their 3rd place finish was pretty accurate based on their performances throughout the 7s season so dont think the guys can complain oo much as they got what they were due. In terms of the 15s guys invading, yeh it possibly did disrupt things a bit but i think some also added a lot of value. Then the 7s guys playing 15s gets tricky due to contracting and availability…do you bring in a 7s guy for a couple weeks ahead of a promising youngster only for the 7s guy to disappear back to 7s and when you look for the youngster he has signed somewhere else too. Having said that i do feel that the Nationally contracted 7s guys should be sent to help the smaller teams like Griquas, Boland and the Kings instead of the likes of WP and the Lions

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.08.16 08:26:21 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) :

    I hear what you saying about the BlitzBoks finishing where they should, did NZ finish where they should? They also had an influx of 15′s players and look what happened there, a loss to Japan!

    But I do hear you, if contracted Sevens players go back to play for Boland and Griquas etc, I would support that. In this case, I think Kwagga is only going to play the Sevens tournaments in the lead up to the Super Rugby season kicking off, and then join up with the squad. Which is better than having a contract in Japan and joining the team in March?

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.08.16 08:44:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 16) : In terms of the All Blacks- yeh they did also finish where expected- they werent good this 7s season. Fiji were by far the best side so deserved the win. GB a bit of a surprise but when you think its Eng and Wales combined well then it does increase their value.
    I do agree that we need to keep as many good players in SA irrespective in what form so if it means the guys play 7s to supplement salaries then so be it…think a few top 15s players could actually benefit from 7s and likewise some of our 7s guys could use 15s to toughen up a bit.
    I just think how say a Boland (because they kinda near Stellies) backline would look with the following: 9. Branco DuPreez 10. Justin Geduld 11. Seabelo Senatla 12. Phillip Snyman 13. Werner Kok 14. Rosco Speckman 15. Cecil Afrika

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.08.16 08:57:05 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) :

    And the guys keep fit while in their off season. Win/win situation all around. And teams like Boland and Griquas become a little more competitive in the Currie Cup, making for better Currie Cup viewing for the fans..

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.08.16 09:03:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 18) : Unfortunately that is way too much logical thinking for SA rugby…

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.08.16 09:11:56 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Not sure if it would work in SA, but I’d really like to see a provincial 7′s series. 14(13?) unions, +Nam and one other for 16 teams, two day tournaments across the country.

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.08.16 11:55:54 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 20) : There is only a National 7s tournament held once a year for all the provinces. Its quite a low key event as well

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.08.16 12:01:09 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 20) :

    Brilliant idea, not sure if there will be support, but great initiative….

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.08.16 12:01:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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