By Tom Chick
1. Tournaments are better when Kenya impress
Kenya nearly made their first final since 2013, but their presence in the semi-finals was a joy to behold. Shades of Kenya's march to the final at the 2013 Wellington Sevens, Benjamin Ayimba's side were the only team to beat eventual winners South Africa. They drew with England, beat USA, and were a conversion away from taking their semi-final into extra-time. Always entertainment when they play and I hope tey'll be playing more like this all season.
2. Fijians love to offload
Well it's not something we learnt, as we already knew it, but the proof as they say is always in the pudding. Four of the top eight offloaders after two tournaments are Fijian, with another being France's Fijian born Virimi Vakatawa. It's in the blood perhaps. At the end of day one, all five were Fijian born including Vakatawa who once again impressed in Cape Town and made the dream team.
3. Miss a Cup and you'll struggle to win the series
England, runners-up in Dubai, had a tournament they'd like to draw a line under in Cape Town. A draw with eventual fourth-placed Kenya and defeat to eventual winners South Africa on day one doesn't sound too bad, but a Bowl competition this early in the season statistically suggests they are unlikely to go on and win the overall series. A defeat to Scotland in Bowl final will also be hard to take during the festive break.
4. Anyone really can beat anyone
Canada beat New Zealand, Scotland beat England and Samoa, Kenya beat South Africa and USA, Australia beat the USA, France beat Fiji, Argentina beat New Zealand....the list goes on. It was an enthralling tournament, perhaps the last time it had been quite that exciting was at the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Dubai. It was a tournament that really showed anyone, can beat anyone.
5. The DHL truck has the best view in the house
It has been a revelation this season, and this time in Cape Town we stuck a GoPro to the DHL truck and told certain players to 'smile, you're on camera'. Success.