Rugby Sevens: Spain Wins Repechage Tournament to Book its Spot to the Olympics

In a bit of an upset Spain grabbed the final quota place at the 2016 Men’s Rugby Sevens Final Olympic Qualification Tournament. The 16 team tournament contained four groups of four teams where the top two advanced to the quarter-final. The winner of the tournament qualified to the Olympics. The Men’s Rugby Sevens Final Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Fontvieille, Monaco from June 18th to June 19th 2016.

Pool A was considered to be the group of death. Rugby Sevens World Series core team Samoa suffered a 27-21 upset against Ireland as the team went on to win all three games. Samoa would also qualify to the quarter-final as they defeated Tonga and Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe finished third with a 21-14 victory over Tonga.

Pool B was dominated by Canada and Germany as the two teams easily dispatched Sri Lanka and Uruguay. It was thought Canada would safely win the group, but the core team suffered a shock 21-19 defeat to Germany in the final match of the group as both teams advanced to the quarter-final. Uruguay finished third with a 40-14 victory over Sri Lanka.

In Pool C World Series core member Russia struggled in their first two matches where they defeated Morocco and Tunisia 26-19 and 24-12 respectively. They would however, perform up to their ability against Chile in the final match of the group where they won 26-0. Chile also advanced to the quarter-final with victories over Morocco and Tunisia. Morocco would finish third in the group with a 19-14 victory over Tunisia.

Pool D saw Hong Kong and Spain win their first two matches against Mexico and South Korea. Hong Kong would end up winning the group in a 19-0 match as both teams advanced to the quarter-final. South Korea finished in third with a 42-12 victory over Mexico.

The quarter-final matches began with two close matches as both Spain and Russia narrowly defeated Ireland and Canada 12-7 and 14-12 respectively. Samoa was able to recover from its day 1 poor performance as it defeated Hong Kong 31-12 while Germany also advanced to the semi-final in a 26-0 win over Chile.

Spain was the first nation to book its spot to the final as they defeated Russia 17-12. Samoa also qualified to the final with a 26-14 victory over Germany. The final was a close affair with both teams looking like they could win, but it was Spain which did just enough to secure the 22-19 win and qualify to the Olympics.

This was the final opportunity for nations to qualify to the Olympics in the men’s tournament. This was a heart-break particularly for Samoa as rugby sevens was seen as their best opportunity to win their first Olympic medal.

 

Tournament Rankings

  •  1. Spain
  • 2. Samoa
  • 3. Russia
  • 4. Germany
  • 5. Canada
  • 6. Hong Kong
  • 7. Chile
  • 7. Ireland
  • 9. Zimbabwe
  • 10. Tonga
  • 11. Morocco
  • 11. Uruguay
  • 13. South Korea
  • 14.Sri Lanka
  • 15. Mexico
  • 15. Tunisia

 

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