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Sydney Sevens Provides Shocks All-round

Oceania Rugby, Sat Feb 4, 2017 6:54PM

The second day of the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series in Sydney proved an interesting day with upsets in both the men’s and women’s competitions.

 

Women’s Sevens Series – Day Two [Finals]

 

With Australia and New Zealand going into finals day of the women’s tournament unbeaten the anticipated Cup final clash between the Oceania powerhouses did not eventuate. Australia lost in the semi-finals to Canada 7-12 while the USA surprised New Zealand 19-12. Both were close contests but it left the Oceania teams fighting it out for third place with New Zealand winning bronze 19-0.

 

After losing to Australia in the Cup quarter-finals Fiji beat Russia 33-9 in the fifth place semi-final and went on to beat France 31-12 to claim fifth place.

 

Papua New Guinea lost to England in the Challenge Trophy semi-final and were beaten in the 11th place play-off by Spain. Joana Lagona however had a memorable tournament and ended as joint top try scorer with nine tries and was top points scorer with 49 points.

 

Meanwhile, on a day of shock results, Canada beat USA to win the Cup while Brazil beat England 17-12 to claim the Challenge Trophy.

 

The women’s Sevens Series leaderboard top five after two rounds is:

 

1. New Zealand 36
2. Australia 32
3. Canada 30
4. Fiji 24
5. Russia 24

 

Day Two Results

 

Cup QF: New Zealand 24 France 5; USA 17 Ireland 5; Australia 17 Fiji 5; Canada 26 Russia 5

Cup SF: USA 19 New Zealand 12; Canada 12 Australia 7

Third place final: Australia 0 New Zealand 19

Final: Canada 21 USA 17

 

Challenge Trophy SF: England 29 Papua New Guinea 17; Brazil 10 Spain 7
Challenge Trophy Final: Brazil 17 England 12

 5th Place play-off: Fiji 31 France 12

 

Full results and round up click HERE 

 

 

 

Men’s Sevens Series – Day One

 

In an exciting day Australia, Fiji and New Zealand all made it through to the Cup quarter-finals, after various fortunes and a day of surprises at a hot and humid Sydney Football Stadium.

 

Samoa and PNG missed out on the Cup tournament finals but have plenty to play for in the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals.

 

Full results and round up click HERE

 

Pool A

 

England finished top remaining unbeaten with wins over South Africa, Kenya and Japan, with series leader South Africa finishing second after wins over Kenya and Japan.

 

Pool B

 

Wales provided the big shock of the day beating Fiji 28-15. Wales finisished top of the Pool after also beating France and drawing with Samoa. Fiji grabbed the second Cup quarter-final place beating France and Samoa.

 

Pool C

 

New Zealand placed top after beating Australia, Scotland and Papua New Guinea. Hosts Australia finished second after string win over Scotland and a second victory against PNG.

 

Pool D

 

In the closet Pool USA finished top after wins against Argentina and Canada and a loss to Russia. Argentina pipped Canada to second place on points difference after each won one match, lost one match and drew another.

 

Day 2 – Finals Draw

 

Challenge Trophy QFs: Kenya v Russia, Scotland v Samoa, Canada v Japan, France v PNG

 

Cup QFs: England v Argentina, New Zealand v Fiji, USA v South Africa, Wales v Australia.

Last updated: Tuesday April 25, 2017 8:59AM
Author: Greg Thomas