Saturday, February 10, 2007
Sports: Rugby 7s
International Rugby came to San Diego this weekend with the Sevens World Series. 16 nations, 44 games, and all in our backyard (actually Petco). The last time there was international rugby in San Diego was 1980 (according to the paper.) New Zealand and Fiji have won all seven of the previous series and so they are the favorites along with Samoa and South Africa.
My parents and I went to watch the games today. We saw New Zealand beat Canada, France take Chile, England deny USA, a great game between Kenya and Australia, Fiji dismantle West Indies, Scotland battle past Argentina, and South Africa topple Tonga. The weather was great, the crowd fairly enthusiastic. More people ought to go Sunday and next year. It was a fun event.
At the end of the day, the USA team managed a victory over Kenya but didn't advance to the second round. The standings:
Pool A: Fiji (3/0), Scotland (2/1), Argentina (1/2), West Indies (0/3)
Pool B: Samoa (3/0), South Africa (2/1), Tonga (1/2), Portugal (0/3)
Pool C: Australia (2/1), England (2/1), USA (1/2), Kenya (1/2)
Pool D: New Zealand (3/0), France (2/1), Chile (1/2), Canada (0/3)
We went today instead of Sunday because there was some threat of rain. The top two teams from each pool advance to a traditional winners advance bracket. The quarterfinals start at 11:30, the semifinals at 3:30, and the finals are at 5:30. Everyone else still gets to compete for standings (with 20 games in total scheduled.)
The series locations this year: Dubai, South Africa, New Zealand, San Diego, Hong Kong, Australia, England, and Scotland. New Zealand and South Africa are tied on top of the series at 48, followed by Fiji, England, Somoa, then France.