SA Women’s University Sevens Finish Sixth at FISU Championship Rugby Sevens in France

Pictured in action against Spain in their opening fixture of the International University Sports Federation Championship Rugby Sevens, the South African Women’s University Sevens teams had a mixed bag of results in Aix-Marseille-Provence, France, from 10-12 June, 2024. Photo: USSAstudent on X

The South African women bagged 2 out of 4 pool game wins at the International University Sports Federation Championship Rugby Sevens, going on to lose the 5th/6th place playoffs to hosts France in Aix-Marseille-Provence on Wednesday, 12 June, 2024.

Jackie Kriel’s team was on the back foot in their final encounter from the get-go, as the French ran out 24-5 winners, scoring four tries in the game.

The FISU event kicked off with a loss for the South African side who went down 24-12 to Spain on Monday. It was the Iberian team who were in control from the get-go showing attacking prowess which saw them take the victory in the opening match of the competition.

The second match saw things go a lot better for the South Africans as they managed to record a 24-10 win over Mexico. A victory in this match was crucial to Mzansi’s campaign, which would see them back in the mix to progress to the playoffs. 

South Africa then followed that up with another win over Poland on day 2 of the tournament. The SA University team lead 5-0 at halftime, and managed to counter a Polish onslaught in the second period to finish 10-5 as victors, when the hooter sounded. 

The last pool match ended with a loss for the South African ladies, when they succumbed to a heavy defeat against Japan, who took a 14-0 lead into halftime and eventually sealed the win 24-0. The result meant that South Africa finished third in their group behind Spain and Japan, missing out on a place in the tournament semi-finals. 

In the tournament semis, Japan booked their progress with a 17-7 win over Australia, and Canada joined them in the final with their 21-14 victory over Spain. 

Australia beat Spain to secure a third-place medal finish. The Aussie Women were too good for the Spaniards, and they recorded a 36-7 victory over their European opponents. 

It was Japan who took the top prize of the competition as they were worthy winners of the final against Canada. The Japanese secured the trophy with 21-12 win on Wednesday evening. 

In other results, India was too good for Mexico and managed to pip their opponents 22-17 in the 9th/10th playoff, while Ireland secured a 7th place finish as they got the better of Poland with an impressive 43-0 win. 

Final Results of the International University Sports Federation’s Championship Rugby Sevens, in Aix-Marseille-Provence, France from 10-12 June, 2024

Japan 21-12 Canada 

3rd/4th Place Playoff
Australia 36-7 Spain

Semi-Finals 
Japan 17- 7 Australia 
Canada 21-14 Spain 

5th/6th Place Playoff 
France 24-5 South Africa 

7th/8th Place Playoff
Ireland 43-0 Poland

9th/10th Place Playoff 
India 22-17 Mexico


Original Copy: USSA, with editing by gsport

Main Photo caption: Pictured in action against Spain in their opening fixture of the International University Sports Federation Championship Rugby Sevens, the South African Women’s University Sevens teams had a mixed bag of results in Aix-Marseille-Provence, France, from 10-12 June, 2024. Photo: USSAstudent on X

Photo 2 caption: South Africa women picked up their second win against Poland in their third pool tie. Photo: USSAstudent on X

Photo 3 caption: The SA ladies suffered a 24-nil loss to Japan in their final pool match on Tuesday. Photo: USSAstudent on X

Photo 4 caption: Hosts France inflicted a second loss on South Africa to win the tournament’s 5th-6th place fixture. Photo: USSAstudent on X

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