Australia win the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022
Australia won the men’s event HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for the first time in history on Sunday after an incredible second day of action in Los Angeles.
The 2022 series began in November last year and after nine tournaments it all came down to the bronze medal match at Dignity Health Sports Park in California, USA.
Going into this game, Australia knew that if they could win it, they would have a point tally too big for their nearest rivals Fiji and South Africa, and so it turned out.
They beat Samoa 21-7 to clinch the weekend’s third place and, more importantly, the overall title.
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Emotional Australian head coach John Manenti said: “It’s quite surreal to be honest.
“It’s been about an incredible six months with the boys, we’ve had our ups and downs, but these kids fought hard and they deserve it and it’s something they will remember forever.
“We’re a group of misfits who just have a crack, who work hard for each other and the boys love each other, which is a great thing.
“This season we wanted to be consistent from day one and we haven’t been able to do that in every tournament, but in general this overall victory is down to the consistency the boys have shown.”
Before that, Australia finished second in the men’s series in 2000-01, but this time they reached the top of the mountain and backed up their victory in the women’s series to show they are the country to beat now. in matter of seven. .
Australia finished fourth in Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in Julylosing to New Zealand in the bronze medal game, so obviously they channeled that frustration here.
And their head coach mentioned consistency, well, they’re the only team to have reached the Cup quarter-finals in every round of the 2022 series.
They are the fifth country to win the series after New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji and Samoa.
In all the excitement, Fiji and New Zealand then played a brilliant game for the gold medal.
Before that, New Zealand had reached a Cup final on American soil eight times, but lifted the trophy only twice – in 2004-05 in Los Angeles and 2007-08 in San Diego.
Their Cup final record now stands at 62, losing 39 after a late try from Moses Leo – converted by Kurt Baker – helped the injured side win the game 28-21.
HSBC player of the Leo final said: “We had to dig deep but the boys showed character and we did it.”
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In the final standings, Australia finished with 128 points, South Africa with 124, Fiji third with 122, Argentina fourth with 118 and Ireland fifth with 92.
Gold medal game: Moses Leo the star man as New Zealand clinch gold
With these two great sides tied 21-21 heading into the final 60 seconds of a thrilling Cup final, it was going to take something special to separate them – and Moses Leo invented it.
His try, converted by Kurt Baker, saw them record a 28-21 triumph.
The result was a tough one for Fiji as they certainly played their part, with their tries coming from Kaminieli Rasaku, Waisea Nacuqu and Filipe Sauturaga.
New Zealand captain Sione Molia said: “It was such a tough game and we knew we had to be really clinical and we were.
“We had a few guys tending to injuries, but we wanted to win for each other and for our country.”
Bronze medal game: Australia bounce back from first try in Samoa
Knowing that a win in this one would secure them the series, there were undoubtedly some nerves in the Australian squad ahead of this game against Samoa.
And it only intensified when Owen Niue scored a converted try for the opponents after three minutes.
Australia remained calm, however, and tries from Corey Toole, Henry Paterson and Dietrich Roache – all converted by the latter – brought them home 21-7.
After the match that gave his team ultimate glory, captain Nick Malouf said: “I’m so proud, I think back to the start of this season and we had six guys under contract, it’s been a hell of a long way since then.
“Before this game we talked about making three groups of people proud. The first was the Aussies, the second was the name on our backs from our families and the third was the group of lads. Hopefully we got it. do.
You certainly did Nick…
Cup semi-finals: Fiji show style as New Zealand win
Henry Paterson and James Turner scored unconverted first-half tries for Australia but in the end Fiji were too strong in the first Cup semi-final.
Waisea Nacuqu, Jerry Tuwai, Filipe Sauturaga, Joseva Talacolo and Kaminieli Rasaku scored their tries in a 29-10 win.
Samoa led 19-7 at the break against New Zealand in the second half, but the latter showed incredible fighting spirit to go 28-26.
Sione Molia scored his winning try with the conversion of Kurt Baker to add to previous scores from Akuila Rokolisoa (2) and Baker.
Steve Onosai, Vaa Apelu Maliko, Uaina Sione and Paul Scanlan were Samoa’s try scorers in the loss.
Cup quarter-finals: Australia, Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand progress
After being brilliant on day one, Australia showed on day two that they wanted to continue where they left off.
Matthew Gonzalez, Maurice Longbottom, Henry Paterson (2), Josh Turner and Corey Toole scored their tries in a comfortable 40-14 Cup quarter-final triumph.
Fiji then got the better of American hosts Kaminieli Rasaku, Joseva Talacolo (2) and Viwa Naduvalo as their try scorers in a 28-12 triumph, although the biggest cheers came when Steve Tomasin and Maka Unufe crossed .
Paul Scanlan was the hero with the winning try as Samoa edged Argentina 24-19 in one of the weekend’s matches.
Matías Osadczuk’s try, converted by Alejo Lavayen, was 19-19 before Scanlan’s intervention. Scanlan was subsequently named DHL Impact Player of the Weekend.
Joe Webber, Caleb Tangitau, Amanaki Nicole, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black and Lewis Ormond scored tries for New Zealand as they were too strong for Ireland 29-14.
5e place: Argentina finish fifth and have their heads held high
Along with Australia, Fiji and South Africa, Argentina was one of four teams participating in this event that could have won the overall series title if things had gone as planned.
It wasn’t to be in the final, but what a performer they’ve been for the past few months and they secured fifth place in Los Angeles by beating Kenya 29-7 in the final for fifth place.
A converted try from Anthony Omondi at half-time saw Kenya reduce the deficit to 12-7 at the break, but second-half tries from Tomas Lizazu (2) and Franco Sabato – along with two Tobias Wade conversions – brought Argentina home. 29-7.
Earlier in the first semi-final for fifth place, Edmund Anya scored a converted try-to-the-death as Kenya stunned home support with a 21-14 win over a USA side that certainly entertained over the two days.
In the second semi-final, Argentina had to battle Ireland 21-7 and there was late drama similar to the encounter between Kenya and USA.
Tomas Lizazu was the game winner here, his converted try taking Argentina through 28-21 after a cracking contest.
9e location: French flight on final
France had a mixed weekend overall, but in the 9e final place, they turned to style.
They scored just one try in the first half but scored four more after the break to beat Scotland 33-0.
Nisie Huyard, Aaron Grandidier, William Iraguha, Stephen Parez and Paulin Riva were the French try scorers with four conversions added as they finished on a high.
Previously, France got the better of England 19-7 in the first 9e place in the semi-finals, Jean Pascal Barraque, Nelson Epée and Pierre Mignot their scorers there.
And Scotland had reached the final with a victory which had the same score against Wales.
Robbie Fergusson (2) and Harvey Elms were the Scottish try scorers in this one.
In the 9e In the quarter-finals, England beat Japan 36-15 with Tom Bowen leading with two tries and Nelson Epee scoring the brace in a 42-0 loss to Canada.
Matt Davidson, Jamie Farndale, Robbie Fergusson and Harvey Elms scored converted tries as Scotland edged Spain 28-7 and Wales caused a shock to edge past South Africa 10 -5.
Luke Treharne opened the scoring early before Ryan Oosthuizen replied but Morgan Williams won for the Welsh.
13e place: South Africa finishes 13e fall short
If you had told a lot of people at the start of the weekend that the series leading South Africa would be in the 13e place in the final so few of them would have believed you.
However, as we know, the seven generate the most amazing things and that’s what happened here.
In the final, South Africa won 26-0 to, at the time, keep their title hopes alive in the series, but in the end it wasn’t enough.
In the final, Shilton van Wyk, James Murphy, JC Pretorius and Ryan Oosthuizen scored South Africa’s tries with Branco du Preez (2) and Shaun Williams on kick.
Earlier in the top 13e place in the final, Japan flew out of the blocks to defeat Canada 26-19.
Timo Fiti Sufia, Shotaro Tsuoka, Taichi Yoshizawa and Ryota Kano scored tries, including three converted, as the Japanese side led 26-0 at one point before delaying a comeback.
In the other semi-final, Siviwe Soyizwapi and JC Pretorius led South Africa 10-7 at the break against Spain and eventually won 29-12.
The second half try scorers for South Africa were James Murphy, Angelo Davids and Muller du Plessis.
Rugby World Cup 7 2022
The 2022 World Rugby Sevens Series may be over, but the best sevens players on the planet will soon be in the spotlight in the Rugby Sevens World Cup.
The flagship event takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, from September 9-11.
We can’t wait…