HSBC World Sevens Tournament a Great Success
It has been 11 years since Tokyo has been part of the international 7s junket, however inclusion in this seasons HSBC World Sevens Tournament was a great success. While the early spring in Japan was a little cooler than the week before in Hong Kong, Sunday’s blue skies & huge crowds made up for Saturday’s somewhat inclement whether.
Fiji was a little slower this weekend after their triumph the week before in Hong Kong, though managed to win the plate over South Africa. Samoa were really the team to beat, which proved too much for the mighty Kiwis in their semi-final that went into extra time where a ‘golden point’ try secured Samoa’s progression through to the Cup final winning 17-12. On the other half of the draw Michael O’Conner’s young team in lime, led by Ed Jenkins, played structured smart 7s rugby and really outplayed the English in their semi securing Australia’s advance into the cup final with a 33-12 win.
Bathed in sunshine for most of the day, the Chichi-bu-no-miya Rugby Ground did herself proud hosting the 7th Round of HSBC International 7s World Tour. The sun was still shining when Samoa & Australia kicked off in the Cup Final, yesterday. Samoa continued their aggressive attacking style resulting in the first try; however it was the tenacious young Aussies that prevailed & an Ed Jenkins try leveled the scores at the full-time mark, which was converted by Matt Lucas to secure a maiden Cup victory, 26-24, this season.