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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ahead of the fourth round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas, we take a look back at the first three rounds of what can arguably be described as the most compelling and competitive Series yet.

Fans heading to the Sam Boyd Stadium this weekend for the USA Sevens, or watching any of the remaining six rounds, are in for a real sporting treat. And that isn't just a whimsical claim — the stats back it up.

So far this season a try has been scored every 74 seconds of game time!

Add to that, 68 per cent of those tries are scored with no completed tackle or ruck/maul in the build-up and 42 per cent from a passage of possession originating within the scoring side's own half.

All of that translates into fluid, end-to-end running rugby, but not a free-for-all.

In fact, the contest for the ball has never been as ferocious in Rugby Sevens: 42 per cent of tries are scored from a turnover in possession, with 78 per cent of all restarts recorded as "contestable".

In all, 22 per cent of tackle, ruck and maul situations are being turned over.

The action has also been at its most competitive with 38 per cent of the 135 matches played so far won by a margin of 10 points or less. The knock-out stages are even tighter on average, 43 per cent of the matches won by 10 points of less.

Perhaps most interestingly for all Rugby fans is that the ball is in play for 53 per cent of the time, or seven minutes and 24 seconds per 14-minute match - the highest percentage across all forms and competitions of Rugby Union.

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