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New format for Varsity 7s

12 teams will now compete for the Varsity 7s title, with the competitors being split up into three pools.

CPUT, Wits and WSU will form part of the best 12 university sevens teams in the country that will compete at the Varsity 7s tournament from 5-6 October at Pirates Green Side.

The tournament will take on a pool format, instead of the round robin format of previous years. The 12 teams have been split into three pools with four teams in each pool. The top two teams per group and next best two teams qualify for the Varsity 7s quarter-finals.

Varsity 7s manager Xhanti-Lomzi Nesi explained that the change in format was to prepare the players for the higher echelons of the game as well as creating an improved product for spectators.

“The reason we wanted to take Varsity 7s from the full round robin format to pool stages, was that it was in the best commercial interest of the business and of our sponsors. We found that we lost a lot of consumers through a three-day tournament. The market became over saturated with people watching 7s from early in the morning to late in the afternoons, and over three days. We believed it would be able to captivate the audience and the crowd if we played it over two days.

“It also allows the teams to play in a more traditional 7s set up as they do in other 7s tournaments, such as USSA where they qualify for the Varsity 7s tournament.”

Varsity 7s Pools: 

Pool A: UWC, CPUT, Madibaz, WSU-All Blacks

Pool B: UJ, UP-Tuks, UCT, Wits

Pool C: NWU, Maties, Kovsies, UKZN

For more about Varsity 7s:

For all news, fixtures, logs and updates online: www.varsitysportssa.com

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Official hashtag: #Varsity7sFest

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7’s Rugby

Varsity 7s Tournament
MATCH DAY 1

NO

TIME

GROUP

TEAM

TEAM

TV

110:00
AUNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
VSCAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
210:22
ANELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY
VSWALTER SISULU UNIVERSITY
310:44
BUNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
VSUNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
411:06
BUNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
VSUNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND
511:28
CNORTH WEST UNIVERSITY - PUKKE
VSSTELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
611:50
CUNIVERSITY OF FREE STATE
VSUNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
712:12
AUNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
VSNELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY
812:34
ACAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
VSWALTER SISULU UNIVERSITY
912:56
BUNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
VSUNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
1013:18
BUNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
VSUNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND
1113:40
CNORTH WEST UNIVERSITY - PUKKE
VSUNIVERSITY OF FREE STATE
1214:02
CSTELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
VSUNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
1314:24
AUNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
VSWALTER SISULU UNIVERSITY
1414:46
ACAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
VSNELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY
1515:08
BUNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
VSUNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND
1615:30
BUNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
VSUNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
1715:52
CNORTH WEST UNIVERSITY - PUKKE
VSUNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
1816:14
CSTELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
VSUNIVERSITY OF FREE STATE
MATCH DAY 2
NOTIMETEAM 1TEAM 2
1910:00
CUP Q/F
1st Group A
VSNext best (1)
2010:22
CUP Q/F
1st Group B
VSNext best (2)
2110:44
CUP Q/F
1st Group C
VS2nd Group A
2211:06
CUP Q/F
2nd Group B
VS2nd Group C
2311:28
Next best (3)
VS4th Group A
2411:50
4th Group B
VS4th Group C
2512:12
CUP S/F
Winner Match 19
VSWinner Match 20
2612:34
CUP S/F
Winner Match 21
VSWinner Match 22
2712:56
SHIELD S/F
Loser Match 19
VSLoser Match 20
2813:18
SHIELD S/F
Loser Match 21
VSLoser Match 22
2913:40
Position 11/12
Loser Match 23
VSLoser Match 24
3014:02
Position 9/10
Winner Match 23
VSWinner Match 24
3114:24
Position 7/8
Loser Match 27
VSLoser Match 28
3214:46
Position 5/6
Winner Match 27
VSWinner Match 28
3315:08
Position 3/4
Loser Match 25
VSLoser Match 26
3415:30
CUP FINAL
Winner Match 25
VSWinner Match 26