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For the second year in a row, an American side has won hardware at the World Club 7s in London. Seattle finished ninth, winning the Shield. Traditionally, ninth place wins the Bowl, but with just 12 teams involved, the World Club 7s decision makers decided to award the Shield.

Seattle was hard done in not making the Cup Quarterfinals. They were in maybe the toughest pool in the tournament, and their point differential wasn’t good enough to get them into the Cup rounds. They opened pool play with a 33-14 defeat of the Waratahs, but lost narrowly to Auckland and Kuban Krasnodar on day one. Auckland went on to lose in the Cup Final, and Kuban Krasnodar finished third.

On day two, Seattle dominated. They beat Gloucester 22-12 in the Shield Semifinals and the Harlequins 28-14 in the final.

Last year, New York brought home the Plate, and this year they fell just one win short of doing so again, finishing seventh. New York finished pool play 1-1-1, beating the Harlequins, tying Western Province and losing to Russian side RC Enisei.

They were beaten badly in the Cup Quarterfinals, 36-5, by Auckland, with Carlin Isles soring the lone try. In the plate semifinals, they led the Blue Bulls 14-12 at halftime, with Isles dotting down twice. But the South Africans owned the second half and took a 31-14 victory. New York exacted some revenge in the 7th/8th-place playoff, beating RC Enisei 34-7. Derek Lipscomb scored a hat trick in the win. 

 

GameWinnerScoreLoser
Cup FinalBuenos Aires26-22Auckland
Cup ConsolationKuban Krasnodar22-19Western Province
Plate FinalCardiff28-12Blue Bulls
Plate ConsolationNew York34-7RC Enisei
Bowl FinalSeattle28-14Harlequins
Bowl ConsolationGloucester22-12Waratahs
Cup SFAuckland19-14Western Province
Cup SFBuenos Aires35-12Kuban Krasnodar
Plate SFBlue Bulls31-14New York
Plate SFCardiff35-5RC Enisei
Cup QFWestern Province22-12Blue Bulls
Cup QFAuckland36-5New York
Cup QFKuban Krasnodar19-12RC Enisei
Cup QFBuenos Aires7-5Cardiff
Bowl SFSeattle 22-12Gloucester
Bowl SFHarlequins26-19Waratahs
Pool ARC Enisei26-17New York
Pool AWestern Province38-19Harlequins
Pool BBlue Bulls36-14Gloucester
Pool BBuenos Aires33-14Cardiff
Pool CAuckland21-15Kuban Krasnodar
Pool CSeattle33-14Waratahs
Pool ARC Enisei33-12Harlequins
Pool ANew York26-26Western Province
Pool BCardiff41-5Gloucester
Pool BBuenos Aires26-7Blue Bulls
Pool CKuban Krasnodar28-19Waratahs
Pool CAuckland19-12Seattle
Pool AWestern Province35-24RC Enisei
Pool ANew York24-7Harlequins
Pool BBuenos Aires33-10Gloucester
Pool BBlue Bulls24-21Cardiff Blues
Pool CAuckland34-12Waratahs
Pool CKuban Krasnodar17-5Seattle