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The Argentinian men’s team have claimed the gold medal in a remake of the 2014 Youth Olympic Final in Nanjing. While four years ago in China, this time the hosts left the field in CASI La Boya as the winning side following a 24-14 victory.
The local team was dominant on their path to gold: 50-7 against Samoa, 45-0 against Japan, 29-12 against France, 34-5 against South Africa and 22-14 against the United States in the group stage.
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The Sydney 7s were the dream weekend for the Aussies. Both, the men's and women's won their respective competitions at the very first fully integrated male and female competitions. Australias long-serving scrum-half Morgan Stannard sealed the deal in the final with this beauty
The Australian men's team were strong and proved that they belong in the mix for the series title, but their female counterparts are currently in a world of their own. Probably the best women's 7s team ever
It's not very often the case that one costume causes such a huge viral hype. Literally, everyone involved with 7s had to post a pic of the Avo-Man. Such a simple, but genius fancy dress outfit. Avo-Man you nailed it!
Argentina's Luciano Gonzales with this unbelievable piece of skill: Makes a try-saver and then still has the power to cover the whole pitch to score the try for his team.
Fiji are back at their bes. They won the New Zealand 7s because of tries like this
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Winning their second ever Cup final, the first in 2015 at the London Sevens, Mike Friday’s men thrilled the crowds and held opponents Argentina to a zero score line after another blockbuster day of rugby in Las Vegas.
USA, unbeaten in the weekend’s tournament, outplayed Fiji in the Cup semi-final 19-7 and faced stiff opposition in Argentina who also went into the game with a clean sheet and a well-worked 12-10 victory over South Africa. Eager to improve on last year’s Bronze finish in Vegas, USA secured a 28-0 victory with Perry Baker getting their first points on the board. Barrett’s first try followed and two successful conversions from Folau Niua gave the hosts a 14-0 halftime lead. Barrett added his second score straight out of the gates and after holding firm USA added a fourth and final try through Carlin Isles, Niua successfully kicking four from four to seal an emphatic victory at full time.
On a momentous day for USA Sevens, head coach Mike Friday said, “Credit to the men in the arena they were outstanding, they went out there and executed. They’ve executed all three days but especially today we had to change tactics for the Fiji semi we then had to readjust for the Final everyone delivered and that’s great to see. This is a total squad effort and I’m lucky to have such a great bunch of players and support staff.
“We want to show the sporting landscape in the USA what rugby can be and how that fits within the American landscape and this hopefully will touch and reach a lot of sports fans who realise they’ve got another national team that they can be proud of and that they can support.”
HSBC Player of the Final, Barrett added, ”It's such a team effort, we've worked so hard for so long. Three straight years in a semi-final in Las Vegas and to come here, missing our captain and missing a number of players, it's just so amazing to win on home soil. A second Cup final ever for the USA and it feels great to be at home."
It was day full of breath-taking action as Fiji, champions in New Zealand, beat South Africa 26-22 in the Bronze Final, whilst France secured the Challenge Trophy with a 26-19 win over Canada.
USA Sevens | Results Day 3
World Rugby Sevens Series | Standings
A pair of tries from Kalione Nasoko and Vilimoni Botitu helped Fiji beat USA 29-15 in the Cup final in Cape Town and secure their first HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series victory in South Africa since 2005.
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It was Fiji's first final since 2009 and completed a fantastic weekend — in which they remained unbeaten — by defeating the United States.
Nasoko opened the scoring with a solo run after some excellent Fiji defending, before they were handed two gift tries. First Botitu got between a Madison Hughes pass and was free to run from deep in his own half, and then Perry Baker fumbled a one-handed play for Sevuloni Mocenacagi to capitalise.
The fifth tournament on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 commenced in style as an excited crowd enjoyed a busy first day at the Sam Boyd Stadium and one that produced a few surprises along the way.
After a Golden weekend for the Australian women’s and men’s teams in Sydney, the 16 male teams are back in action this weekend with the fourth leg of the World Sevens Series, at New Zealand’s North Island in the city of Hamilton.
Following years of decreasing ticket sales for the New Zealand leg of the World Sevens Series, the organisers went for a radical change and swapped locations, moving from Wellington’s Westpac Stadium to the slightly smaller Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.
Current figures indicate that the move pays off nicely for New Zealand’s 7s community. The two-day tournament is fully sold-out and Hamilton is overly excited to host this fantastic event. With the home team sitting just behind table leaders South Africa, the All Blacks Sevens could climb to the top and make it the perfect weekend.
The New Zealand Sevens takes place at the Waikato Stadium (Capacity 25,800) on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of February.
The matches kick-off Saturday 11:00 local time (22:00 UK time) and Sunday at 11:00 local time (22:00 UK time).
For a full fixture list click here.
In the UK Sky Sports will cover the tournament on both days. For a full TV guide click here, for any other country check out this handy guide.
The Aussies have been phenomenal at their home tournament in Sydney a week ago. After a rather poor start in Dubai and Cape Town, Andy Friend’s team bounced back in style with a crashing 29-0 win over South Africa in the final.
Sitting now in the third position, the boys in Gold and Green should gain a lot of momentum from the Sydney weekend. Especially in the attack, they are exceptionally strong. With 499 points and 79 tries, no other team has scored so often this season.
1 more sleep til #Hamilton7s! Let's go #Aussie7s! pic.twitter.com/rBEQsdzfcs— AU 7s (@Aussie7s) February 2, 2018
1 more sleep til #Hamilton7s! Let's go #Aussie7s! pic.twitter.com/rBEQsdzfcs
On the way to the final, Australia beat their old rivals New Zealand in the Cup Quarter-Finals. The Kiwis finished the weekend in 5th position, probably not the result they hoped for after the convinving tournament win in Cape Town towards the end of last year. However, New Zealand is a lot stronger this season and the prospect of claiming the top spot in the table will be inspirational.
There is a strong likelihood that New Zealand will face the Blitzboks at some point on Sunday. South Africa remains a consistent threat and with a tournament win, a third place and a runner-up performance this season, they’ve shown that they are capable to beat everyone.
Argentina is playing a very solid season so far and are just behind Australia in the table. In Cape Town, they even made it to the final but lost to a magnificent All Blacks Sevens team.
One of the reasons for Argentinas strong performance is Franco Sabato. The 28-year old has already scored 60 points this season, six tries last weekend, and brings plenty of experience to the party. He has 186 matches under his belt. World Rugby Sevens says he is “a frightening prospect for any defence, Franco Sabato has electrifying pace. His fast feet open up chances from all over the park.”
Saturday 3rd February
(All times are local times - GMT plus 13 hours)
Kenya v Samoa - 11.00
USA v Canada - 11.22
England v Russia - 11.44
South Africa v Papua New Guinea - 12.06
Fiji v Wales - 12.36
Australia v Spain - 12.58
New Zealand France - 13.20
Argentina v Scotland - 13.42
Kenya v Canada - 14.26
USA v Samoa - 14.48
England v Papua New Guinea - 15.10
South Africa v Russia - 15.32
Fiji v Spain - 16.02
Australia v Wales - 16.24
New Zealand v Scotland - 16.46
Argentina v France - 17.08
Samoa v Canada - 18.00
USA v Kenya - 18.22
Russia v Papua New Guinea - 18.44
South Africa v England - 19.06
Wales v Spain - 19.28
Australia v Fiji - 19.50
France v Scotland - 20.12
Argentina v New Zealand - 20.34
New Zealand Sevens | Full Fixture List
World Sevens Series | Standings
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