While we all bask in the after glow of the HSBC Canada Sevens this past weekend, let’s take a look back at an unbelievable weekend in pictures!
Sevens vet, Ed Jenkins, returned to Team Australia for the North American leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series and immediately had an impact in Vancouver by scoring one of the first tries of the 2017 tournament in pretty epic ‘Superman fashion.’ Australia would win the game 12-7.
Francisco Metuaze (above) and Team Chile saw their first win on the series in six years, finishing the tournament in 11th place. Earning their spot as the tournament’s 16th team back in January, they proved this weekend to be a contender among the 16 core teams!
Canada’s Adam Zaruba (above), also known as ‘The Zoobs,’ played stellar for Canada on day one. He picked up five total tries, including a hat-trick performance against Russia! An injury kept him out of action on day two.
It wouldn’t be a Canadian tournament without Canadian-themed fancy dress. There were beavers, lumberjacks, and of course these grand portage hats.
Perry Baker from the USA paced the entire field with nine tries over the two days, three of which came in their game against Japan (above) where USA won 52-0! His blazing speed had the crowd out of their seats on more than one occasion. His torrid scoring pace also saw him reach a milestone marker: 100 series tries.
In one of the most epic games of the weekend, Argentina (above) managed to score a last minute try against Fiji to tie things up. That set up a fantastic conversion kick for their first series win over the Island Nation since 2012.
South Africa, the number one team in the 2016-17 standings, bypassed the Canadian team on day two, enroute to their sixth straight final appearance this year.
Right from doors opening at 8:30am, the fans at BC Place were buzzing.
The crowd for HSBC Canada Sevens made history by being the largest rugby crowd in Canada’s history. Over the course of two days, 76,116 fans poured into BC Place stadium and the electricity could be felt all throughout the building.
On the pitch, there were displays of brute strength.
There were feats of unbelievable athleticism.
There was fire.
And no matter what happened, there was always time for selfies.
Even Waldo came out of hiding to enjoy some rugby sevens.
One thing that couldn’t be missed was the sea of blue that flooded BC Place. The Fijian supporters were out in full force and filled the stadium with cheers, song and love for their team.
The massive support for ‘The Flying Fijians’ lifted them to a third place finish. They beat USA 28-24 in a thrilling bronze medal match.
Walking into the fire, England & South Africa met in the Cup Final for the third time this series. Sitting first and second in the standings, they are the only two teams who have won a stop so far in 2016-17.
Dan Norton from England had a spectacular tournament in Vancouver, he won the HSBC Player of the Final, DHL Impact Player of the Tournament and tied the all-time series try record at 244. Hats off to you, Mr. Norton.
Captain Tom Mitchell and the English squad celebrate their victory at HSBC Canada Sevens. It is their second tournament win in 2016-17. Both wins have come over South Africa.
England was all smiles here as they pose with the beautiful HSBC Canada Sevens Cup.
We give the weekend two thumbs up.