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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wales beat Argentina to win the IRB Sevens World Cup in Dubai

Wales beat Argentina to win the IRB Sevens World Cup in Dubai

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.

Time: 09:52

Posted by Rugbydump at 10:42 pm | View Comments (28)

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JACOBO March 12, 2009 11:36 pm

hhaha the commenter shouting out in the end: YES!! wow shane williams would be a god in sevens Fiest comment BTW!!!

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 12:14 am

It's good to see passion from the commentators but they should really try to be neutral.Great video though - I've been looking forward to it. Thanks RD

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 12:26 am

Brilliant to see Wales win, for a nation with such a rich history of free-running rugby it is long overdue! Hopefully the beginning of lots more to come - including a 6 Nations Championship :).

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Abs7 March 13, 2009 12:30 am

YYYYYEEESSSSS i LOVES IT LOL.. its good to see the boys doing well, they've worked really hard for it!Thanks for the post guys, it was a awesome video!

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 1:09 am

what happened in argentina's first try??? why did the welsh player at 2:42 just place the ball on the ground, let the argie have it, and then not even try to defend?

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 1:41 am

That stupid welsh commentator ruined that video for me... poor form and poor sportsmanship in one of the great sports spectacles in our world. What a shame. Fantastic tourney, however - can't wait for the next one.

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palmito March 13, 2009 1:58 am

my congratulation to the pumas, who have once again shown that they are up to the level of the best teams of the world. all of the 12 players are amateurs and they really show how much they love their country.congratulations to wales as well.

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 4:35 am

Why is everyone crying about the UK commentators cheering the Welsh? You think the Argentinian commentators are neutral?

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FOBCRUSADER March 13, 2009 6:56 am

yeahh the other commentator seemed pretty biased lOl

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Kerivoula March 13, 2009 8:50 am

They had a Welsh commentator to be sure that they'd have a neutral commentator in the final....Wales were 100-1 with some bookies.Congratulations to them, incredible wins. They'll never get the credit they deserve for this, but surely we can give it to them from RD?Jamestheconvict....go on, say something nice....i dare you....

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manu March 13, 2009 8:56 am

Frickin welsh commentator. No respect at all to the pumas

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Luke Bartolo March 13, 2009 9:35 am

BTW the wallaroos beat the black ferns at the women's cup final 15-10.

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 9:53 am

the BRITISH commentators were supporting the british team in the final and they gave argentina respect, you have to in sevens they are a great team. when arg. scored the commentator gave them the credit they deserved. but wales beat them on the day.

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 9:55 am

sevens doesn't need to be in the olympics i feel, it has its own tornaments , just like olympic football, Euro and world cup are much greater prizes than gold medals.

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 1:44 pm

You know no Argentinians would have heard that right? Setanta is UK for UK people.Argentinians would have had their own commentators (in a different language ffs), and you really think they would be neutral?Well dont Wales, great celebration with the cup too.

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 2:57 pm

Sevens is all about craziness, doesn't mean anything. Yeah, well done Wales, but honestly who gives a shit.

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 3:40 pm

Shane williams should totally go on a sevens tour near the end of his career. Well done wales, you deserved it

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 3:58 pm

Shane's already done Sevens, when he fell out of favour under Steve Hansen in 2001. He sent him out with the Sevens team.

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 4:37 pm

haha, last welsh try, the ball comes down and hits dude in the head! his expression right after was perplexed and funny as hell

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evnz March 13, 2009 4:53 pm

i cant believe this either.80-1 in most bookies and the captain lee beach lives in the same street as me.tidyXD

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 8:54 pm

termin el tiempo... i vos pateas... que?!... que?!... comete los pies...

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doos March 13, 2009 10:47 pm

so Wales win one sevens tournament and everyone starts sucking them off... who gives a shit!

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 11:09 pm

Great tournament for BOTH TEAMS. Argentina demostrated that's on a great form by this on with the San Diego sevens, as well as Wales. But the commentators were impartial and I, argentian, believe that ALL commentators are a bit unpartial when it's an internatinal match, don't you think?

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TheBuffalo March 14, 2009 2:08 am

Doos its the world sevens championship so basically the world cup in sevens. Wales are getting 'sucked off' because they are now world champions. Seriously mate smile.

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Anonymous March 14, 2009 2:16 pm

Incredible achievment from a country that invests very little into Sevens. Congrats to the coaches and players.

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Anonymous March 14, 2009 7:12 pm

Um, yeah, it's sevens rugby, no one takes it seriously except for Fiji.It's a joke.

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Anonymous March 14, 2009 10:15 pm

I'd like to kill Aled Thomas, please

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Anonymous March 15, 2009 12:28 pm

"Anonymous said...Um, yeah, it's sevens rugby, no one takes it seriously except for Fiji.It's a joke."lol you're the joke you fucktard. It's taken very seriously as a development tool by most of the top nations. There was debate on South African TV to fire the coach after being knocked out when they did and NZ take pride in their 7s team also.Get a grip sourpuss.

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