HSBC London Rugby 7’s

Sixteen teams qualified for the 10th and the final round of HSBC World Rugby 7’s series in London last weekend. Fans at Twickenham were treated to a two days of fast paced rugby in a carnival type atmosphere. This leg of tournament was won by Scotland last year and since then we’ve had Olympic Games in Rio where Fiji triumphed with a Gold medal, GB taking the Silver and South Africa Bronze medal. Ex-Moseley trio’s Charlie Hayter, Dan Norton and James Rodwell plus others took to the field for England. In fact Norton tops the all-time try-list in history after scoring his 245th try during a tournament in Hong Kong last month. One other name to mention is Perry Baker (USA) who crossed over from American football and with his greyhound physic scoring at least one try in every game. Baker was a leading try scorer with 48 tries to his name last season.

Rugby 7’s is becoming a popular sport just like the T20 cricket due to its flamboyance and skills displayed by all the teams helped by the party like atmosphere. The strong start and consistency by the South Africa had already ensured they had the championship in the bag. But that did not matter as everyone want to win at the home of rugby – Twickenham. Going into this tournament England was lying second and Fiji in third so the expectation was quite high on the home team. After competing over two long days and in the 45th game of the tournament, it was England and Scotland who were in the finals. Final was a low scoring game with Scotland scoring two tries to England’s one, so once again the canny Scots won consecutive years at this big venue. Overall, England finished in second position and Scotland in seventh after 10 legs of rugby.

Full results http://www.worldrugby.org/sevens-series/?lang=en

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