Singapore ready

The theme of the HSBC Singapore Sevens this year is colour and in front of the iconic Merlion Park Lion in the city on Wednesday, all 16 team captains brought a vibrant splash of light to the Singapore tourist spot.

With teams still getting in their recovery training after the three tough days in Hong Kong, they’ve had time to look back on what was and what could have been.

Not least for USA captain Madison Hughes, who led his side to extra-time in the semi-finals against series leaders South Africa, before a mistake cost them the game.

“We were really disappointed, as they are a fantastic team,” said Hughes.

“If I made that (conversion) kick in the final minute and if we didn’t drop that ball in their 22 (that led to the winning try), who knows? We couldn’t have come any closer but we were unlucky on the day.

“We’ve really been building in Vancouver, (Las) Vegas and Hong Kong – we made the semi-finals but we came up short. You come in to any tournament wanting to win but we’re really going to have to be top of our game this weekend in Singapore.”

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