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Last week was the OktoberFest7s held in Munich, Germany, sponsored by DHL. World Rugby supplied the excellent stream for the event.
Germany, an up-and-coming rugby program, hopes that the tournament will lead eventually to that country being named as a European stop on the World Rugby Sevens circuit.
Stadium attendance proved to be under target, the low number stemming from the Munich sports fan not having a pronounced history with the sport. In addition, since many of the more familiar 7s playing nations sent young, developmental sides, there was an absence of tourists from abroad.
The tournament operated three pools:
Pool A – South Africa, France, Portugal, Spain
Pool B – Germany, Argentina, England, Uganda
Pool C – Australia, Fiji, Ireland, Chile
Germany defeated England in pool play to finish on top of Pool B. But England bounced back to defeat Germany 26-12 in the quarter-finals. The semi-finals witnessed Fiji defeating South Africa and Australia triumphing over England.
The Wallabies defeated Fiji 40-7 to take the gold medal.
Could another possible reason for the midland attendance have been that Munich residents and visitors were enjoying beer and brat in the afternoons?
The next 12-team 7s event is the the inaugural Silicon 7s at Avaya Stadium, San Jose. California on November 4 and 5.