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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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Varsity 7s Tournament
MATCH DAY 1

NO

TIME

GROUP

TEAM

TEAM

TV

110:00
AUNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
15:22CAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
210:22
ANELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY
21:17WALTER SISULU UNIVERSITY
310:44
BUNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
20:0UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
411:06
BUNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
19:17UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND
511:28
CNORTH WEST UNIVERSITY - PUKKE
24:17STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
611:50
CUNIVERSITY OF FREE STATE
31:19UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
712:12
AUNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
29:29NELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY
812:34
ACAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
47:5WALTER SISULU UNIVERSITY
912:56
BUNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
34:12UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
1013:18
BUNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
43:5UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND
1113:40
CNORTH WEST UNIVERSITY - PUKKE
52:12UNIVERSITY OF FREE STATE
1214:02
CSTELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
53:12UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
1314:24
AUNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
50:5WALTER SISULU UNIVERSITY
1414:46
ACAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
24:17NELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY
1515:08
BUNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
14:17UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND
1615:30
BUNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
45:7UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
1715:52
CNORTH WEST UNIVERSITY - PUKKE
24:10UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
1816:14
CSTELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
46:24UNIVERSITY OF FREE STATE
MATCH DAY 2

NO

TIME

TEAM 1

TEAM 2

TV

1910:00
CAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY19
:22NELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY
2010:22
UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
57
:10UNIVERSITY OF FREE STATE
2110:44
NORTH WEST UNIVERSITY - PUKKE
22:29UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
2211:06
UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
29:0STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
2311:28
UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND17:24WALTER SISULU UNIVERSITY
2411:50
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN29:5UNIVERSITY OF KWA-ZULU NATAL
2512:12
NELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY12
:38UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
2612:34
UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE12
:36UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
2712:56
CAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
19:31UNIVERSITY OF THE FREE STATE
2813:18
NORTH WESTERN UNIVERSITY24:31STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
2913:40
UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND32:17UNIVERSITY OF KWA-ZULU NATAL
3014:02
WALTER SISULU UNIVERSITY
10:31UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
3114:24
CAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
22:24NORTH WESTERN UNIVERSITY
3214:46
UNIVERSITY OF THE FREE STATE10:57STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
3315:08
NELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY
24:19UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
3415:30
UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
14:19UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA