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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

South Africa win the London Sevens as NZ are crowned series champions

South Africa win the London Sevens as NZ are crowned series champions

Record crowds turned out for the penultimate leg of the HSBC IRB Sevens World Series in London, with Twickenham bathed in sunshine for a fantastic weekend of top quality rugby action.

The first day of the event brought in a crowd of 54,357, a record in the 12 year history of the series. Fancy dress, beer, and the occasional streaker were the order of the day.

New Zealand did enough to be crowned outright series champions after hosts England failed to get out of their group, winning just one of their Pool games. New Zealand themselves were disappointing, being knocked out in a heavy defeat by Fiji, but their ninth series win reasserts their overall dominance since the series' inception.

Fiji impressed throughout, but coming up against South Africa in the final, they blew a 14 point lead as the men in green and gold fought back to outwit the larger opposition, and take a 24-14 win, their first in London since 2005.

Cecil Afrika was as inspirational as ever, and continues to lead the try scoring records for the season. It was the relatively unknown Stephen Hunt though who proved invaluable as he pulled off a brilliant try saving tackle late in the game, then scored the winner.

South Africa are now up to third on the overall standings with one leg to go, the 100th event in World Series history, which takes place in Edinburgh this coming weekend.

The following three videos give you a nice general view of the tournament, including what led up to the final, the final itself, Seven of the Best tries from the tournament, and a video that shows some of the record breaking crowd on day one.

Posted at 4:06 pm | 22 comments

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Anonymous May 24, 2011 2:37 pm

:)

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Anonymous May 24, 2011 2:37 pm

just did that to deny the usual moronic "First"

:)

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Dave_7 May 24, 2011 2:42 pm

A smiley face is on the same level as writing "first". It's still a pointless comment and still quite annoying.

Dissappointed with England's performance! Hopefully we can have a decennt tournament in Scotland to make sure we finish the series 2nd!

Stefan Armitage gave it a good go haha. We can build on what's been a very good season for next year and hopefully win more of the finals we're reaching.

NZ do seem unbeatable though when they're on top form but who knows, some of our new guys will have more experience and we might get a few new guys again.

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Anonymous May 24, 2011 2:49 pm

"It's still a pointless comment and still quite annoying."

Pointless and annoying, just like 7s Rugby.

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Anonymous May 24, 2011 3:06 pm

^ agreed

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Anonymous May 24, 2011 3:21 pm

Trolls out in force!
Great Vids RD, always good to see what's going on in the world of 7's (after all, it is the vehicle that is being used to promote our beloved game to the rest of the world).

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Coco May 24, 2011 3:24 pm

Some classic Fijian flair on display there...and how good is Matawalu...

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Anonymous May 24, 2011 3:53 pm

League in disguise

:)

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Anonymous May 24, 2011 4:02 pm

any chance of quins highlights?
x

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Anonymous May 24, 2011 5:37 pm

hong kong stadium is so shit compare to twickenham and im from hong kong

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Anonymous May 24, 2011 6:50 pm

Great to see sevens get some more coverage and a bigger crowd.

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Anonymous May 24, 2011 7:28 pm

Excellent highlights, thanks very much.

I'm English, however, and this sort of commentary makes me ashamed. They should be judging a knitting contest if they want to carry on like that.

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Guy May 24, 2011 9:25 pm

Wow!

This is definitely going to be the best event in the Olympics.

And the good thing is: there is no designated winner!

Thanks RD!!!!!

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Goobs May 24, 2011 10:05 pm

Clearly a lot of forwards on this site having a go at sevens as it requires a bit of fitness training...

Sevens is amazing good fun to watch and play, how could anyone not like it!

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Anonymous May 24, 2011 10:30 pm

No highlights of the South African 7 man rolling maul in the final?

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EARugbyFan May 25, 2011 2:05 am

The 7 man rolling maul was a stroke of sheer genius by Treu.

I can only hope that more coaches out there will start crafting more "Mad Scientist" type strategies. That Final was one of the best matches I have watched in many years.

Now, those of you saying they don't like 7s sound like the School yard dimwit saying he does not like quizzes.

The amount of fitness, speed, reaction and skill needed to play sevens makes for a very exciting spectacle.

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Anonymous May 25, 2011 7:34 am

we need full highlight of fiji destroying NZ even tho they won the championship

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Anonymous May 25, 2011 7:37 am

What a 7 man maul in 7's that not the ball game... THATS NOT 7's 'running' rugby, stupid south africa

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Anonymous May 25, 2011 7:48 am

seemed like once new zealand won the championship they couldnt be bothered with playing the rest of the tournament

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canadian content May 25, 2011 4:02 pm

Individual lacking rugby knowledge said...

"What a 7 man maul in 7's that not the ball game... THATS NOT 7's 'running' rugby, stupid south africa"

I was actually at the tournament and was very impressed with the SA change of tactics to seal the win. Fiji were much bigger, but were stunned and unable to cope with the bokke close quarter tactics, well played by the green and gold.

That being said, the Fijians were magnificient and a joy to watch, this has to be the best rugby event I have ever been to. Multinational, all ages, lots of beautiful girls. Yes definitely doesn't compare to a scrum collapsing, grind it out international affair with the diverse crowd of males 34-64.

Agree NZ just looked like they gave up.

Anyone see Canada play?

Too bad the Twick. PA system sucks so bad.

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Anonymous May 26, 2011 7:25 am

Wow that Fijian team looked like a real throw-back to the great Fijian sevens teams of yesteryear; tall, rangy, powerful, fast, very skillful and very instinctive. Haven't seen NZ blown away like that in quite a while......

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Anonymous May 26, 2011 9:26 am

I wanna see this 7 man rolling maul, any links?

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