17th Nov 2015 -
SINGAPORE, 1 November 2015 – AFTER three days of world-class rugby action at the 68th

Societe Generale Singapore Cricket Club International Rugby Sevens (SCC 7s), hot favourites 

SA Sevens Academy from South Africa showed their pedigree as they defeated a valiant 

Penguins outfit in the Ablitt Cup final by a score of 36-5.

The South Africans suffered a scare in the semi-finals, as their sluggish play allowed a 

resolute Tribe 7s team from Australia to push them to the brink of defeat, narrowly winning 

12-7. There was to be no repeat of that slow start in the final, as they blitzed the Penguins, 

who had earlier upset reigning champions Borneo Eagles 21-10 in the semifinals, right from 

the kick off. The tournament’s top try scorer, Rosco Speckman was the star of the night as he 

scored two tries in the match to bring his total tally to 10 for the tournament. He also made 

some big defensive plays to snuff out any hope of a Penguins comeback. Also scoring tries for 

South Africa was captain Kyle Brown (1 try), Justin Geduld (2) and 2011 IRB World Sevens 

Player of the Year Cecil Afrika (1). Penguins captain Will Hafu scored the only try for his 

team.

“It was a great tournament and credits to the organizing committee for such a great job. 

Wonderful pitch, wonderful Sevens and the crowd was awesome as it really raises the spirit 

of the Sevens. This tournament really adds value to our pre-season tournament which is pretty 

much over. We’ve been doing a lot of conditioning like running, a lot of time in the gym. The 

only thing we haven’t had is game time, that’s why tournaments like these are so valuable,” 

said a visibly tired but happy Brown, who will be back in town for next year’s World Rugby 

Sevens in Singapore.

His counterpart Hafu was gracious in defeat, saying “The South Africans played their best in 

this tournament and they deserve to win”, he also had words of encouragement for the 

younger members of his team, adding "We’re proud of the way the boys played in this 

tournament and having managed to get to the finals, I think we did really well. At this 

tournament, the young guys got a taste of what it’s like to play against national and club 

teams, and that helps them a lot."

Host team Societe Generale Singapore Cricket Club gave a good account of themselves. 

Earlier in the day, they knocked an in-form Singapore National Team out of the Plate 

competition a score of 19 – 0 in the quarter finals, and held off the challenge of the Iskandar 

Raiders from Johor in the semis, winning the match 17-10. However, they fell just short when 

they ran out of steam in the final, losing to Plate winners PNG InterOil Turagus from Papua 

New Guinea 26-5.

“The event was a huge success and we wouldn’t have done it without the support of our title 

sponsor, Societe Generale. This year, we have a good mix of very tough national and 

development teams, such as the France Development Team, Penguins and England Academy 

from the United Kingdom, and the PNG InterOil Turagus from Papau New Guinea. We’re 

really happy for the South African Sevens Academy, who displayed commendable skills and 

team spirit throughout the tournament. The atmosphere was great and we can’t wait for the 

next edition already,” said Jonathan Leow, Chairman of the SCC International Rugby 7s 

Organising Committee.

Pascal Lambert, Societe Generale Group Country Head for Singapore and Head of 

Corporate & Investment Banking, South-east Asia, said: “This year’s tournament has been a 

roaring success with the haze clearing just in time for the start of competition. As always, the 

quality of play was of the highest standard and we would like to congratulate the South 

African Sevens Academy for coming out on top after a gruelling three days.”

In the earlier finals, Tamariya Rugby Football Club from Japan won the Jug competition as 

they defeated Australia’s East Arnhem Rugby in a tight match up with a score of 10 – 5. NS 

Silverbacks from Australia cruised to victory against NS Wanderers from Malaysia by a score 

of 46-0 to win the Bowl competition. France Development Team walked away with the Shield 

as they put one over their Channel rivals England Academy, finishing with a score of 19-10.