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All hail New Zealand for the nation’s double gold medal for Women and Men in the weekend’s spectacular World Rugby World Sevens World Cup.
The tournament represented a repeat of these two Kiwi winners from the 2013 Moscow Sevens RWC. Remember also, New Zealand Women and Men won the last fifteen's World Cup, the Women in Ireland (2017) and the Men in England (2015).
Although the All Black Men ranked below South Africa and Fiji in the 2017.2018 World Rugby Sevens circuit, when gold was on the line, the Kiwis responded with coordinated team play. They defeated a spirited England side 33-12 in the final. South Africa prevailed 24-19 over Fiji for the bronze medal.
The Black Ferns Women lost to Australia in the 2016 Brazil Olympics, and trailed the Wallaroos by two-points in this season’s six city circuit but they marched full steam ahead in this tournament, defeating a surprising French side 29-0 in the RWC finals.
The USA Women lost the bronze medal to an Australian team that were upset in the semi-finals by Les Bleues. The Aussies triumphed 24-14 against the USA, which finished fourth, their best showing ever.
The Eagle Men ended in sixth place (of 24) losing badly to Argentina 33-7 for the fifth/sixth place spot. The second round, overtime loss to England ended the USA’s chance for a medal.
The television presentation was deemed an outstanding success with excellent graphic coverage. The broadcasters proved informative, balancing narration for a viewing audience that knew rugby, and those watching the game for the first time.
AT&T Stadium was packed on Saturday and Sunday, a welcome visual for a major rugby contest held in the Unites States.
Congratulations to the organizers of this event, the first rugby cup held in the country.
For USA fans of Sevens, the Men will compete again in Las Vegas the first week in March, and the Women’s event adds on Glendale, Colorado in October 20, 21, in 2018.