• 10 interesting sevens facts

    The current Sevens World Series is proving to be one of the most entertaining in history and here are 10 reasons why.

    – After three rounds of the series, there has been a try scored in every 74 seconds of game time.

    – 68% of all tries are scored with no completed tackle or ruck/maul in the possession build-up; and 60% are scored with three or fewer passes.

    – 42% of all tries are scored from a possession that originated within the attacking team's half.

    – 42% of all tries are scored from a turnover in possession or a regain at the restart.

    – 78% of all restarts are contestable kicks (36% are regained).

    – 22% of all tackle/ruck/maul situations are turned over.

    – 38% of all matches are won by a margin of 10 points or less.

    – 35% of all pool matches are won by a margin of 10 points or less.

    – 43% of all knockout matches are won by a margin of 10 points or less.

    – The ball is in play for 53% of the time, or seven minutes and 24 seconds per 14-minute match. That's the highest in all rugby union forms and competitions.

    The Sevens World Series continues this weekend with the Las Vegas tournament. South Africa are currently second on the log with 56 points, just two behind New Zealand (58), after winning the South African leg in Port Elizabeth in December.

    Source: IRB Sevens
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