Sunday, April 9, 2017

Pinkelman & Baker Make Dream Team, Singapore Draw

Ben Pinkelman has landed his first Sevens Series Dream Team selection after making the squad in Hong Kong. He's joined by teammate Perry Baker along with Siake Katonibau, Kalione Nasoko, Vetemo Ravouvou from Fiji, Cecil Afrika from South Africa, and Henry Hutchison from Australia. It's no surprise that either Pinkelman or Baker made it. Pinkelman was outstanding at the breakdown and on defense all weekend. Go back and look at that second half against South Africa and you can see the value he brings. Baker led the tournament with nine tries.

Next up for the team is the Singapore 7s where they will be in Pool D with New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales. It's a potentially tricky pool as they have had some set backs against those teams in the past. That said, more recently they have been coming out on the winning end and they will be favorites to top the pool, especially after three semi-final appearances.

Pool A: Fiji, Canada, Russia, Hong Kong
Pool B: South Africa, England, France, Japan
Pool C: Australia, Argentina, Kenya, Samoa
Pool D: USA, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales

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