After 450 Matches, 2593 Tries, and 16346 Points Scored, we’ve selected our 10 favourite highlights from the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series:
Honourable Mention: Justin Douglas 🇨🇦 – Cape Town 7s
The Canadians added some flair to this drive as big Adam Zaruba shows he can offload with the best of them.
10. DJ Forbes 🇳🇿 – USA 7s
Having played in over 80 World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments, Forbes is showing no signs of slowing down. Following a spectacular effort from Koroi to keep the ball alive, veteran DJ Forbes showcases his brute strength leading to one of the best (and longest) fends of the year.
9. Werner Kok 🇿🇦 – Wellington 7s
The chip-and-chase is always a thing of beauty when executed to perfection. Tries like this show why the Blitzboks are the 2016-17 Series Champs.
8. Joeli Lutumailagi 🇫🇯 – Sydney 7s
You can’t make a Top 10 list without including Fiji’s brilliance with the ball. Plays like this are nearly impossible to defend as the team demonstrates unbelievable vision and ball support to work their way the length of the pitch.
7. Perry Baker 🇺🇸– Dubai 7s
We know Perry Baker is a crossover athlete from American football, but did you also know he has exceptional soccer skills?
6. Lawrence Ssebuliba🇺🇬 – Cape Town 7s
One of the invitational sides, Uganada, had some inspiring moments in their two Series tournaments in 2016-17. This try was one of them. From strong support to a good offload to an excellent line break to a powerful stiff arm, Uganda managed to string together a beautiful score.
5. Kalione Nasoko 🇫🇯 – Hong Kong 7s
Pure Magic. The Harlem Globetrotters could learn a thing or two from the ‘Flying Fijians.’ Fiji are truly the Kings of Offloading and seemingly have eyes in the backs of their heads. If you don’t like this, you don’t like sevens rugby.
4. Maka Unufe 🇺🇸 – Canada 7s
Not one…not two…not three…not four…Perry Baker manages to dodge his way around five attempted Fiji tackles, using some of the fanciest footwork we saw all year, only to offload to a wide open USA attack.
Plays like this are why Dan Norton is the all-time leading try scorer in Series history. Showing footwork, pace, experience and a little bit of ‘jedi power,’ Norton carries the ball himself, spinning defenders around in the process.
2. Virimi Vakatawa 🇫🇷 – Paris 7s
Not only does Vakatawa pull off one of the greatest offloads of 2016-17, he manages to get himself back in the play to finish the drive himself. The World Rugby announcers said it best: “ARE YOU KIDDING?”
1. Lucas Hammond 🇨🇦 – Singapore 7s
The Golden Try. For Canadians, this score will go down in history as Lucas Hammond runs over the line in the last two minutes of an exhilarating Cup Final in Singapore to put their side up 26-19 over rival USA. Canada would go on to win it’s first ever Cup Championship after 140 Series tournaments…what a moment!