Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wales lifted the Melrose Cup for the first time as they won the IRB Rugby Sevens World Cup in Dubai on the weekend, beating Argentina 19-12 in the final.
On a day of major shocks, the 80-1 outsiders knocked out New Zealand and Samoa to reach their first ever final.
The young squad, who have only been together two years, can now add their names to the list of English, New Zealand, and Fijian stars who have won the World Cup in this shortened version of the game.
The Welsh, who lost to Argentina in the pool stages, opened a 12-7 half-time lead with tries from Richie Pugh and Tal Selley before the Pumas drew level. But Aled Thomas flew down the wing to seal the victory for Wales with the decisive try.
The tournamentitself was a roaring success as it lived up to the sports unpredictable reputation, with upsets and surprises at every turn.
With Olympic committee delegates there for the weekend, there is no doubt that the event went a long way towards convincing them that Sevens should regain it's rightful place in the Olympics.