Spain, a country that failed to qualify for the RWC Sevens circuit for the 2016/17 season and in fact has not been a regular member of “the show” for two years, has won the Repecharge and will be off to the Rio Olympics. Arguably, the slightly better side in the Final, they nipped Samoa with no ticks on the clock, 22 – 19. Canada had already finished their day, ending up fifth after two bitter losses to Germany, 19 – 21 and Russia, 12 – 14. There is really not much one can add but the most sincere condolences and sadness for the players. To Moonlight and Mack especially who have given the campaign their all, Jones and Hirayama who may be around for another crack or a run at some XV’s and all of the team, CW’s tears are with you at this time. On behalf of all Canadian rugby fans, our THANKS for your efforts and you have left a proud legacy to pass the torch on for the future.
Now for the rest of the Summer Series and “how did you do?”. England won a historic victory over Australia to record their first ever away series test win, 23 – 7. Australia had plenty of possession and position but with a massive fifteen handling errors, despite 70% possession and some 220 tackles later, they succumbed to a steel trapdoor defence. The win vaults England into #2 ranking on the world XV chart (prediction -). Across the Tasman, N.Z. again outlasted and outplayed a pesky Welsh side, 36 – 22 (prediction +). In the Republic, Ireland let one slip away and RSA squeaked out a 32 – 26 win, after trailing for most of the game by as much as sixteen points (prediction -). Canada walloped Russia (prediction -). Italy nipped U.S.A., 24 – 20 (prediction +). Fiji d. Samoa, 26 – 16, (prediction -). Georgia d. Tonga, 17 – 10 (prediction +). Finally, Argentina 30 d. France 19, (prediction -). Well, marginally better than last week but no way to make a living!