09/20/2021 at 3:26 AM CEST
The Spanish rugby 7 team has concluded in eighth position the tournament held this weekend in Vancouver (Canada)The first of two stages of the 2021 express version of the World Series, which will be completed in seven days in Edmonton.
On Saturday, Spain was defeated by future finalists, Kenya (5-17) and South Africa (7-34), their first two group A matches, but they came back with a victory against Mexico (59-0). that allowed him to go to the quarterfinals as the second best third.
In the match against the North Americans, one of the five debutants of the Spanish ‘seven’ stood out, the scrum half of the Sciences Enerside of Seville Miguel Reina, author of a triplet and generator of the attacking rugby of the ‘Leones’ with his aggressiveness around formations.
Spain met South Africa again in a quarterfinal that opened with a test by Manu Moreno but the reigning World Series champions rallied, with no surprise, to 5-54 with eight marks, three of which were run by Angelo Davids.
Canada beat the national team in the next game, which through Reina and Josep Serres raised the initial mark of Nicholas Allen but collapsed between the last action of the first half and the first of the second period, both sealed with trials by Elias Ergas.
The hosts put their best scoring experience to good use to increase revenue with new brands by Caran Breen and Brad Prevost before Enrique Bolinches, after the siren, set the final 19-33.
Spain closed its participation in Vancouver against Hong Kong in the game for seventh place, dominated by Asians in the first half, when the trials of Hugo Stiles, James Hood and Max Denmark, following a misunderstanding of the Spanish attackers, They put a 0-19 almost impossible to overcome.
Pol Pla won the kickoff of the second half and opened the scoring for his team (7-19) but it did not move again in the more than six minutes remaining despite the numerical superiority of the ‘Lions’ due to the exclusion by Hood.
The champion in the first of the two stages of the 2021 World Series was the South African team, which beat Kenya (38-5) in the final, while the bronze medal was hung by Great Britain for their consolation victory over Ireland (24-14).