The Lions seal the permanence in the World Series

The Spanish team of rugby 7 has guaranteed its presence in the next edition of the World Series thanks to the tenth place in the tournament in Toulouse (France), one above Uruguay, which they reached after beating Samoa this Sunday (28-5) and losing against Fiji (15-26).

The seven points added by Spain in the French stage give it eleventh place (55), while the Uruguayans total one less and They will have to play a home run against Tonga, Canada and Kenya next week in London in which only the champion will remain on the main international circuit.

As happened the day before against the United States, Spain faced Samoa aware that a defeat would send them without remission to the play-off tournamentdespite which he handled the situation with nerves of steel and impeccable technical prowess to open the scoring after five minutes through Eduardo López.

In the last action of the first half, Manu Moreno culminated a long Spanish attacking action and although Paul Slater closed the gap at the beginning of the second half, the iron Spanish defense prevented the Polynesians from harboring the slightest hope of a comeback.

Thanks to the prodigious fishing ability shown by Alejandro Laforga and Josep Serres, the ‘Leones’ enjoyed several balls of recovery susceptible to generate danger, as it was evident with the essays of Pol Pla and Juan Pedro Ramos, electric his opposite through the center, which sealed the victory (28-5).

The mathematical certification of Spain’s permanence still depended on the defeat of Uruguay against Fiji, Olympic and world champion, in what was a match of little suspense despite the courageous resistance of the charrúas, who took the lead through Felipe Arcos and reaped a worthy score of 15-31.

The closing of the weekend against Fiji itself, in the duel for ninth place, which is equivalent to victory in the consolation trophy, demonstrated the progression of Spain since, in January, Paco Hernández took charge of the selection, since the ‘Leones’ had a possession to beat the oceanic.

Manueli Maisamoa and Ponepati Loganimasi marked the first distances with two identical marks, typical of the Fijian stylewhen running the field from end to end after recovering a ball near their test zone, but the Spaniards did not let up in their attack and closed the gap through Eduardo López.

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Still in the first half, Viwa Naduvalo took advantage of a loose ball to extend the lead of the world champions, who fell in the second half in one of their classic phases of relaxation and indiscipline. which facilitated the approach of Spain (15-19) with essays by Tobías Sainz-Trápaga and Jaime Manteca.

The Spaniards, in numerical superiority due to the temporary exclusion of Naduvalo, stole the last center kick but could not handle the physical impact of the rival in a ‘counter-ruck’ phase that allowed Jerry Tuwai to lift the oval and go to settle it without opposition with the clock already at zero (15-26).

Las Leonas, ninth

The Spanish women’s rugby 7s team concluded the World Series season with a ninth place in the tournament in Toulouse (France), thanks to their victory this Sunday over Canada (15-14), which leaves him in tenth place in the general classification with 28 points.

The last game of the course for the team headed by rookie coach Iggy Martín was against Canada, a match without much at stake that both teams began with inaccuracies until Beatriz Domínguez, coming out of a scrum, found a gap to open the scoring after escaping down the left flank.

Julia Greenshields responded immediately for the North Americans but Spain led the break (10-7) thanks to a combination between its two most decisive players: rupture through the center of Claudia Peña who unloaded after being tackled for Anne Fernández de Corres, who supported her with a diagonal run.

The temporary exclusion, due to a dangerous tackle, Piper Logan at the beginning of the second half allowed Ingrid Algar to extend the rent of the ‘Leonas’ with a test at the end of a handrail, so Canada’s last reaction was in vain despite the meritorious run that Logan herself finished between the posts (15-14).

The tenth edition of the women’s World Series concluded with the seventh title for New Zealand, which preceded Australia, the United States, France and Ireland in the table -the five obtain a place for the Paris Games- and the rise of South Africa, which next season will be a full member of the circuit.

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