Fans flock to Allianz Stadium for Sydney Sevens

February 5, 2017

The 2017 HSBC Sydney Sevens lived up to the hype in its second year with a total of 75,412 fans attending the three-day festival of rugby at Allianz Stadium.

World Series leaders South Africa were victorious in the second instalment of the tournament, beating England 29-14 to win the Cup in front of a colourful crowd.

Action began on Friday afternoon with Olympic gold medallists, the Australian Women’s Sevens Team, winning three from three in their home town.

However, the occasion proved too much for them on Saturday. They went down to eventual champions Canada in the Cup semi-final before losing to New Zealand in the third-place playoff.

“They gave it everything but it wasn’t good enough. We made some crucial errors and got punished for it,” said Australian coach Tim Walsh. “We had glimpses of what we’re good at but it’s not enough in a World Series.”

The Australian men carried the flag and won two of their three games to set up a showdown with Wales in Sunday’s quarter-final. The young team delivered with a scintillating 26-0 victory but two yellow cards proved too much in their semi-final that followed against South Africa.

On the other side of the draw, crowd favourites Fiji couldn’t match England’s strength, leaving them to rue a missed opportunity at the tournament for a second year.

The action-packed event saw supporters from all over the world show their stripes as they rejoiced in the family-friendly atmosphere at Moore Park.

In all, 79 games of rugby were played at Allianz Stadium and at Kippax Oval across the road, with the tournament reaffirming its status as one of the hottest tickets in town. Click here to see all of the best photos from the Sydney Sevens.

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