Wellington 7’s 2017, Preview & Predictions

The 2016/17 IRB World 7’s Series continues in Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday 28th January.

 

South Africa lead the series on 41 points after 2 legs having won in Dubai and finishing runners up to England in Cape Town. It is the English who are just behind them on 39 points and defending champions Fiji are a further 7 points back in 3rd. New Zealand are down in 5th place on 27 points after a disappointing start and they will be under pressure to raise their game in front of a demanding and expectant home crowd.

 

Overall Series Winner Betting  click here to bet

South Africa 12/10

Fiji 22/10

England 7/2

New Zealand 13/2

Scotland 25/1

Wales 33/1

USA 50/1

France 50/1

Australia 50/1

80/1 and better the balance

 

Wellington 7’s Betting  click here to bet

South Africa 18/10

Fiji 5/2

New Zealand 28/10

England 15/2

USA 33/1

Australia 40/1

 

66/1 and better the balance

 

 

Let’s look at the pools for the Wellington 7’s before deciding on a tournament bet.

 

Pool A

England, Kenya, Argentina, Papua New Guinea

Verdict: This looks England’s pool for the taking with Kenya and Argentina both off their best in Cape Town and Dubai.

 

Pool B

South Africa, Fiji, Australia, Japan

Verdict: The group of death especially if Australia can up their game after a slow start to the series. The Blitzbokke will have to be at their best early.

 

Pool C

New Zealand, USA, France, Samoa

Verdict: Another tough group and New Zealand will need to improve or they could face problems against opponents all of which can progress on their day.

 

Pool D

Scotland, Wales, Russia, Canada

Verdict: A soft group when compared to groups B and C but it should be competitive. Scotland have started the series well and should top this group if they hold their form.

 

Suggested Bet: England win at 15/2

They were excellent in Cape Town and look like being contender’s week in and week out this season. They shouldn’t have problems in their group and of the likely winners I feel they offer the best value.

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