Rugby Sevens World Series Held At Gold Coast
November 27th 2011 04:41
Australian Sevens Captain Ed Jenkins Scores
Rugby sevens differs from rugby union in that there are only seven players per side and the game consists of two ten minute halves. It makes for an action packed game with plenty of tries and few stoppages.
Australia got points on the board with wins against Japan and USA before being defeated by South Africa, leaving the Aussies second in their pool behind South Africa at the end of day one.
American fans dressed as a packet of crayons
The crowd were encouraged to dress in outlandish costumes in an attempt to win a trip to the Hong Kong Sevens in March 2012. There were large groups of superheroes, green fairies, Austrians in lederhosen, cops in speedos, flight attendants, Arab Sheiks and Maoris in dresses, all adding an exotic element to the excitement of the game.
Day two saw Australia narrowly take out Samoa 14 points to twelve before emphatic defeats at the hands of New Zealand and South Africa (again). Giant killers Fiji defeated South Africa 24 to 7, to meet New Zealand in the final.
The Fijians manhandle a Kiwi player
Round two of the Sevens Series will be held in Dubai in early December, followed by subsequent rounds in South Africa, New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong, Japan, Scotland and England. Skilled Park will host the Rugby League Indigenous All Stars when they meet the NRL All Stars on February 4th 2012.
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