New Zealand Wins Vancouver Sevens

The All Blacks Sevens won the inaugural Canada Sevens, beating South Africa 19-14 in the final at BC Place.  Tries from the HSBC player of the final Sam Dickson, Kurt Baker and Lewis Ormond were enough to see off the Blitzbokke and claim a third Cup title for New Zealand in the 2015-16 World Rugby Sevens Series.  The win sees the New Zealanders move to 104 points and close the gap on series leaders Fiji who finished fourth after losing to Australia in the third place play-off to just two points. 

Runners-up South Africa remain in second on 105 points.  Captain Tim Mikkelson says:  ‘We struggled last week in Vegas with the new team, getting our combinations together, but this week we really wanted to go better and I am just so pleased we won the final because it has been a hard week.  We let ourselves down last week and dropped down the table and we really wanted to finish strong in this tournament.  It’s amazing to win this in this amazing venue in Canada, it’s just been awesome.’  Samoa won the Plate, Canada won the Bowl and Russia took home the Shield at the inaugural event in Vancouver, with a record 60 418 fans turning up across the two days with the tournament set to go down in history, also the first sevens event to be played under a closed roof.

Photo credit: Martin Seras Lima