S South Africa- Malaga 7s champions
South Africa win Malaga 7s
By Raga House | Sun 23 Jan, 2022 09:31

The Blitzboks scored a try after the buzzer to beat Argentina in a thrilling men’s final, while USA saw off Russia to take gold in the women’s event. England and Australia claimed men's and women's bronze medals respectively.

The inaugural HSBC Spain Sevens provided a weekend to remember in Málaga as South Africa needed a late try to come out on top in an engrossing men’s final and USA clinched their first Series title since 2019.

South Africa pipped Argentina to the gold medal thanks to the efforts of player of the final Selvyn Davids, who surged over the try line after the buzzer to clinch a thrilling 24-17 win.

The Blitzboks have now won all three Series events this season, and five tournaments in a row, while their victory over the battling Pumas marked the third best winning streak of all time with a 29th straight victory.

In the women’s tournament, USA clinched gold by beating an impressive Russia side, who made it to the final despite their squad being reduced to just nine players.

The Russians produced the shock of the weekend by beating Series leaders Australia in the semi-final, ending their 15-match winning streak.

South Africa have looked unbeatable at times during their imperious recent form, and went into their fifth consecutive Cup final as big favourites, after conceding only one try all weekend in Málaga.

But Argentina, competing in their first Cup final for five years, immediately sent a message of intent when Rodrigo Isgro crossed the try line early on, before the Blitzboks struck back with a quick-witted tap-and-go from Davids.

JC Pretorius extended South Africa’s lead after the break, but the game was flipped on its head in the space of an astonishing minute.

Joaquin De La Vega scored a try, before notching another direct from the restart less than 60 seconds later, after gathering a fumbled effort to collect the kick-off and powering over the line.

The Blitzboks reduced the deficit when Justin Geduld went over in the corner, but the conversion fell agonizingly short and left the Series leaders two points down with one minute remaining.

Davids burst through the defence to win it, evading a desperate tackle from Marcos Moneta to get over the line and spark joyous celebrations.

“We knew it was going to be tough here. We gave it our all, stuck to our instructions and played as ourselves,” said Davids.


The teams move across Spain to Seville for the fourth round of the Series next weekend where invitational team Portugal will replace Fiji in the women’s event to complete a full 12 team line-up.

The pool allocation based on the finishing positions in Malaga sees the USA face Canada, England and Portugal in Pool A. Beaten finalists Russia are in Pool B along with Ireland, Poland and Brazil.

Series leaders Australia find themselves in Pool C where they will take on Olympic silver medallists France, hosts Spain and invitational team Belgium.

The same 15 men’s teams will take to the field in Seville as Fiji and Samoa are confirmed as unable to participate in Spain while Germany and Jamaica continue as invitational teams.

The pool draw for Malaga sees all-conquering South Africa in Pool A alongside the USA and hosts Spain in a three team pool which includes a bye.

Pool B involves Argentina, silver medallists in Malaga, who will take on Ireland, Germany and Jamaica.

In Pool C the young English squad that claimed bronze in Malaga will face France, Wales and Japan.

Core Series teams Australia, Canada, Scotland and Kenya are drawn in a strong looking Pool D.

HSBC Spain Sevens
Fixtures, Sunday January 23, 2022
13th place semis

Jamaica vs Fiji 0-0
Kenya vs Japan 17-26

9th Place semis
Scotland vs Spain 10-24
Germany vs Wales 19-27

5th Place Semis
Canada vs USA 7-19
France vs Ireland 20-10

Cup Semis
South Africa vs Australia 19-0
England vs Argentina 17-26

13th Place play/off
Jamaica vs Japan 24-29

9th Place playoff
Spain vsWales 34-5

5th Place playoff
USA vs France 12-28

3rd Place playoff 
Australia vs England 20-24

Cup Final
Argentina vs South Africa 17-24

9th Place quarterfinals

Scotland Kenya 17-12
Spain vs Japan 31-10
Germany vs Jamaica 48-0
Wales vs Fiji 0

Cup quarterfinals
South Africa vs Canada 14-0
USA vs Australia 7-26
France vs England 5-12
Ireland vs Argentina 5-29

Group Stage results 
Friday January 21, 2022
Kenya vs Canada 17-19
France vs Wales 38-10
Ireland vs Japan 33-14
Australia vs Germany 12-12
England vs Fiji 0-0
South Africa vs Scotland 27-7
USA vs Spain 19-14
Argentina vs Jamaica 31-7

Kenya vs Wales 14-19
France vs Canada 38-5
Ireland vs Germany 24-7
Australia vs Japan 42-0
England vs Scotland 24-17
South Africa vs Fiji 0-0
USA vs Jamaica 47-0
Argentina vs Spain 40-12

Saturday January 22
Canada vs Wales 26-7
France vs Kenya 15-26
Japan vs Germany 0-29
Australia vs Ireland 5-10
Fiji vs Scotland 0-0
South Africa vs England 43-0
Spain vs Jamaica 38-7
Argentina vs USA 17-24

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