July 27,2014(ISN) – South Africa have won Rugby Sevens gold at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games after defeating New Zealand 17-12 in the final of a record-breaking event at Ibrox.
A gripping final provided a fitting climax to an electric weekend as a new world and Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens attendance record of 171,000 was set over the two competition days.
And with the sport set to make its Olympic Games debut at Rio 2016, the high-octane blend of star players, exciting matches and carnival atmosphere proved to be a hit with fans.
Australia, silver medallists at Delhi 2010, claimed Bronze after defeating Samoa 24-0.
There was to be no medal joy for the host nation as Scotland, joined Wales and England in exiting at the quarter-final stage, but England regrouped to win the Plate.
The remaining silverware was won by Canada, who claimed the Bowl and crowd-favourites Sri Lanka, who secured the Shield on a highly-competitive final day of matches.
And once again, the story was not the stars or the gold rush, but Rugby Sevens as the smaller Rugby nations entertained. Some of the biggest cheers of the day were reserved for crowd-favorites Malaysia, Uganda, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago.
IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “Rugby Sevens is thriving and continues reach out and inspire new audiences and Glasgow 2014 has taken Rugby Sevens to new fans around the world.”
“Congratulations to our medallists and all the teams who have showcased our sport and its character-building values brilliantly at the ‘Friendly Games’.”
“Glasgow 2014 has furthered the Sevens success story and I would like to congratulate the teams, the organisers, volunteers and people of Glasgow for delivering an exceptional event.”
Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens: Roll of honour
1998, Kuala Lumpur – New Zealand
2002, Manchester – New Zealand
2006, Melbourne – New Zealand
2010, Delhi – New Zealand
2014, Glasgow – South Africa