Cape Town

Federer: Nadal CT match is special

Swiss great Federer will face off against his most famous rival in the sixth edition of the Match for Africa series, organised by the 20-time grand slam winner's foundation.

Federer will team up with Microsoft owner Bill Gates to face Nadal and Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who was born in South Africa, for a doubles encounter before the two tennis greats meet in a singles match.

When planning to host the event in Cape Town, Federer only had one opponent in mind and said he had been trying to enlist Nadal's help for some time.

New Zealand beat hosts to Cape Town title

Only a week after South Africa had beaten the All Blacks Sevens 15-0 in the opening round of the 2020 Series in Dubai, the teams met for the 25th time in a Cup final with the Blitzboks bidding to win the first two rounds for the first time since triumphing in Dubai and George in 2008-09.

South Africa started the better, to the delight of the Cape Town Stadium crowd roaring them on, with Seabelo Senatla racing away only for a great tackle by Regan Ware to not only stop him but dislodge the ball but then a strong run from Kurt Baker took New Zealand into the Blitzboks' 22.

Fiji, Samoa seeking improvement at Cape Town 7s

World Series champions Fiji failed to qualify for the Cup quarter-finals in Dubai for the first time in the 21-year history of the global circuit, following a shock loss to Argentina in pool play.

Coach Gareth Baber acknowledged their ninth place finish was disappointing but said he expected a positive response this weekend.

"We've reviewed exactly why we feel we were not at the level that we needed to be and we've got to make sure that as we go through this week we're doing everything we possibly can to put that right and move in the direction of winning a tournament."

World Sevens Series LIVE & Uninterrupted on Sky Pacific

Digicel Fiji CEO, Mike Greig said, “Rugby sevens is world sport’s most exciting property. We are delighted to deliver this most-looked forward to event live and uninterrupted for our viewers in Fiji and the Pacific from the three-day Cape Town event from tomorrow.”

“Rugby is a core and significant part of our Sky Pacific offer as the ‘home of sport’. Rugby sevens is the main drawcard in the deep range of international sport like Premier League, European Champions Cup, Football’s Champions League and Europa League with Super Rugby and Australia’s National Rugby League on offer.” 

South Africa target home win in Cape Town

The Blitzboks, England and USA all progress to the Cup quarter-finals unbeaten after taking three wins from three in the pool stages. South Africa face Fiji in the final eight, reigning Cape Town champions England play New Zealand, Canada face France and USA play Argentina. 

South Africa are targeting their second tournament win in as many weeks after taking glory in the opening round of the 2018 world series in Dubai last weekend. 

Samoa expect stiff competition in Cape Town

Tietjens' side will take on defending series champions Fiji and Wales and Canada in pool play.

Fiji lost to South Africa in the Dubai sevens semi-finals last week while Wales and Canada had disappointing tournaments.

Samoa finished in sixth place and look to have made improvements from last season.

But Tietjens said he expects their group to provide stiff opposition.

"Canada is going to to be really tough, they are disappointed with their last tournament. Obviously they will want to get a few points on the board."

Captain Forbes ready to dig deep for New Zealand

For New Zealand, the Dubai Sevens was one those tournaments. By the end of the second day of the opening round, head coach Sir Gordon Tietjens had lost five key players. Captain Scott Curry (dislocated shoulder), Gillies Kaka (ankle), Tim Mikkelson (concussion), Sherwin Stowers (broken arm) and Regan Ware (ankle) have all flown home. To say Dubai was attritional is an understatement.