South Africa wins the Edmonton Sevens and the lads’s collection title
EDMONTON, Canada (AP) – Muller du Plessis made his 10th and 11th attempts of the weekend to lead serial champions South Africa to a 24-12 win over Great Britain in Sunday’s Edmonton Sevens men’s final.
South Africa only had to reach the final in Edmonton to be crowned series champion in a shortened series in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic following its tournament victory in the stage in Vancouver, British Columbia last week.
After Robbie Fergusson put Great Britain in the lead with a second-minute attempt, du Plessis scored in the fourth and seventh minutes, giving South Africa a lead they never had to give up. Captain Siviwe Soyizwapi also scored two attempts for the winners.
“It was an incredible team effort here, but also a lot of help from home – from the academy, the scouts,” said Soyizwapi shortly before the trophy was handed over.
Tom Bowen scored a late try for Great Britain, his 99th in the sevens competition. He was just meters from his 100th when he was contacted by du Plessis a few minutes before the end.
Kenya beat Canada in third place on Sunday 33:14 and Germany beat the United States in fifth place 24:19.
Consecutive Canadian tournaments have missed many of the top-ranked teams due to COVID-19 travel and quarantine restrictions, including Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medalists, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and Samoa silver medalists.
In the four-team women’s tournament, Great Britain defeated the USA 22-5. Canada beat Mexico 63-5 for third place, mirroring the Vancouver results.
The series will be suspended until the start of the 2022 season in two consecutive combined men’s and women’s tournaments in Dubai, United Emirates. These events are scheduled from November 26th to 27th and December 3rd to 4th.
Series officials also said the tournaments scheduled for Sydney, Australia and Hamilton, New Zealand early next year will not take place due to pandemic restrictions in those countries. Replacement tournaments are being planned.
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