2012 Hong Kong Sevens

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2012 Hong Kong Sevens
Host nation Hong Kong Hong Kong
Date 23–25 March 2012
Cup
Champions  Fiji
Runners-up  New Zealand
Third  South Africa
Plate
Champions  Samoa
Runners-up  Argentina
Bowl
Champions  Kenya
Runners-up  United States
Shield
Champions  Canada
Runners-up  Spain
Tournament details
Matches played 61
Tries scored 320 (average 5.246 per match)
Top point scorer Fiji Metuisela Talebula
(52 points)
Top try scorer Samoa Paul Perez
(7 tries)
2011
2013

The 2012 Hong Kong Sevens was the 37th edition of the tournament and the sixth tournament of the 2011–12 IRB Sevens World Series. The host stadium was the Hong Kong Stadium.

Fiji won the title by defeating New Zealand 35–28 in the final.[1]

Format[edit]

The teams were divided into pools of four teams, who played a round-robin within the pool. Points were awarded in each pool on a different schedule from most rugby tournaments—3 for a win, 2 for a draw, 1 for a loss.

However, new for 2012 was what was described by organisers as two separate 12 team competitions, called Competition 1 and Competition 2.[2] Competition 1 contained the 12 core teams of the IRB Sevens circuit, who play in every event of the IRB Sevens circuit, in pools A, B and C.

Competition 2 contain 12 teams who have qualified through their performance in regional tournaments, in pools D, E and F. Four of these teams were from Asia; three from Europe; two from North America & Caribbean; one from Oceania; one from South America; and one from Africa. This competition also doubled as a qualifying tournament for the 2012–13 IRB Sevens circuit, where the two Qualifier (Shield) finalists and the winner of the 3rd/4th place playoff earned automatic participation in all events of the 2012–13 season. This resulted from the IRB's decision to increase the number of core teams to 15, effective in 2012–13.

8 teams from Pools A, B and C, being the winners and runner-up from each pool, and the best two 3rd place getters, qualified for the Cup Quarter Finals. The losers of these Quarter Finals competed in the Plate Semifinals. The remaining 4 teams competed in the Bowl Semifinals.

Similarly, 8 teams from Pools D, E and F qualified for the Qualifier (Shield) playoffs. The remaining 4 teams played in ranking matches.

Merchandising[edit]

For this tournament, sportswear brand Kukri Sports teamed up with Hong Kong lifestyle retail store G.O.D. to produce merchandising. The products, carried the specially designed "Kukri x G.O.D." logo, which features elements of the original Hong Kong flag, and ranges from polos, traditional Chinese jackets, boxers, Cheongsam-inspired ladies polo, messenger and tote bags. A percentage of sales went to the Foodlink Foundation, supported by both companies.[3][4][5]

Teams[edit]

24 teams participated:[6]

Pool stage[edit]

The draw was made on February 16.[7]

Key to colours in group tables
Teams that advanced to the Cup Quarterfinal
Teams that advanced to the Bowl Semifinal
Teams that advanced to the Qualifier (Shield) Quarterfinal
Teams that advanced to the Ranking Matches

Pool A[edit]

Teams Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
 Samoa 3 3 0 0 60 19 +41 9
 England 3 2 0 1 52 41 +11 7
 Argentina 3 1 0 2 29 53 −24 5
 Kenya 3 0 0 3 31 59 −28 3
23 March 2012
17:50
Samoa  19 − 7  Kenya
Report

23 March 2012
20:30
England  19 − 10  Argentina
Report

24 March 2012
11:20
England  21 − 17  Kenya
Report

24 March 2012
14:16
Samoa  27 − 0  Argentina
Report

24 March 2012
16:28
Argentina  19 − 7  Kenya
Report

24 March 2012
19:30
Samoa  14 − 12  England
Report

Pool B[edit]

Teams Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
 New Zealand 3 3 0 0 72 22 +50 9
 South Africa 3 2 0 1 35 26 +9 7
 Wales 3 1 0 2 49 41 +8 5
 United States 3 0 0 3 19 86 −67 3
23 March 2012
17:28
New Zealand  29 – 5  United States
Report

23 March 2012
20:08
South Africa  10 – 0  Wales
Report

24 March 2012
10:58
South Africa  15 – 7  United States
Report

24 March 2012
13:54
New Zealand  24 – 7  Wales
Report

24 March 2012
16:06
Wales  42 – 7  United States
Report

24 March 2012
19:08
New Zealand  19 – 10  South Africa
Report

Pool C[edit]

Teams Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
 Fiji 3 3 0 0 87 22 +65 9
 Australia 3 2 0 1 65 46 +19 7
 Scotland 3 1 0 2 33 80 −47 5
 France 3 0 0 3 34 71 –37 3
23 March 2012
17:06
Fiji  39 – 5  Scotland
Report

23 March 2012
19:46
Australia  31 – 10  France
Report

24 March 2012
10:36
Australia  29 – 14  Scotland
Report

24 March 2012
13:32
Fiji  26 – 12  France
Report

24 March 2012
15:44
France  12 – 14  Scotland
Report

24 March 2012
18:46
Fiji  22 – 5  Australia
Report

Pool D[edit]

Teams Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
 Hong Kong 3 3 0 0 72 26 +46 9
 Tonga 3 2 0 1 73 50 +23 7
 China 3 1 0 2 46 88 −42 5
 Uruguay 3 0 0 3 52 79 −27 3
23 March 2012
16:44
Tonga  33 – 12  China
Report

23 March 2012
19:24
Uruguay  14 – 17  Hong Kong
Report

24 March 2012
10:14
Uruguay  26 – 29  China
Report

24 March 2012
13:10
Tonga  7 – 29  Hong Kong
Report

24 March 2012
15:22
Hong Kong  29 – 5  China
Report

24 March 2012
18:24
Tonga  33 – 12  Uruguay
Report

Pool E[edit]

Teams Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
 Canada 3 2 0 1 66 36 +30 7
 Spain 3 2 0 1 47 20 +27 7
 Zimbabwe 3 2 0 1 50 57 −7 7
 Philippines 3 0 0 3 27 77 −50 3
23 March 2012
16:22
Canada  35 – 5  Philippines
Report

23 March 2012
19:02
Spain  19 – 5  Zimbabwe
Report

24 March 2012
09:52
Spain  21 – 5  Philippines
Report

24 March 2012
12:48
Canada  21 – 24  Zimbabwe
Report

24 March 2012
15:00
Zimbabwe  21 – 17  Philippines
Report

24 March 2012
18:02
Canada  10 – 7  Spain
Report

Pool F[edit]

Teams Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
 Portugal 3 3 0 0 62 32 +30 9
 Russia 3 2 0 1 38 36 +2 7
 Japan 3 1 0 2 67 45 +21 5
 Guyana 3 0 0 3 17 71 −54 3
23 March 2012
16:00
Portugal  19 – 0  Guyana
Report

23 March 2012
18:40
Russia  14 – 7  Japan
Report

24 March 2012
09:30
Russia  14 – 12  Guyana
Report

24 March 2012
12:26
Portugal  26 – 22  Japan
Report

24 March 2012
14:38
Japan  38 – 5  Guyana
Report

24 March 2012
17:40
Portugal  17 – 10  Russia
Report

Knockout stage[edit]

Cup[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
25 March – Hong Kong        
  Fiji  26
25 March – Hong Kong
  Argentina  7  
  Fiji  14
25 March – Hong Kong
    England  7  
  Australia  14
25 March – Hong Kong
  England  19  
  Fiji  35
25 March – Hong Kong
    New Zealand  28
  Samoa  14
25 March – Hong Kong
  South Africa  27  
  South Africa  12 Third place
25 March – Hong Kong
    New Zealand  19  
  New Zealand  31   England  0
  Wales  7     South Africa  28
25 March – Hong Kong

Plate[edit]

Semi-finals Final
25 March – Hong Kong
  Argentina 21  
  Australia 12  
 
25 March – Hong Kong


      Argentina 10
    Samoa 12


25 March – Hong Kong
  Samoa 34
  Wales 7  

Bowl[edit]

Semi-finals Final
25 March – Hong Kong
  Scotland 14  
  United States 28  
 
25 March – Hong Kong


      United States 12
    Kenya 14


25 March – Hong Kong
  Kenya 29
  France 0  

Qualifier (Shield)[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
25 March – Hong Kong        
  Hong Kong  5
25 March – Hong Kong
  Japan  10  
  Japan  12
25 March – Hong Kong
    Spain  17  
  Spain  19
25 March – Hong Kong
  Tonga  7  
  Spain  5
25 March – Hong Kong
    Canada  22
  Canada  24
25 March – Hong Kong
  Russia  7  
  Canada  14 Third place
25 March – Hong Kong
    Portugal  12  
  Portugal  21   Japan  19
  Zimbabwe  17     Portugal  33
25 March – Hong Kong

Ranking Matches[edit]

Semi-finals Final
25 March – Hong Kong
  China 5  
  Guyana 7  
 
25 March – Hong Kong


      Guyana 0
    Uruguay 31


25 March – Hong Kong
  Uruguay 22
  Philippines 5  

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Glorious Fiji win Hong Kong Sevens crown". irbsevens.com. 2012-03-25. 
  2. ^ 2012 Hong Kong Sevens event info
  3. ^ "G.O.D. and Kukri Design Collaborate for the Rugby Sevens". Hong Kong Tatler. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "G.O.D. x Kukri". G.O.D. official website. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kukri and G.O.D. collaborate on HK7s Range!". Kukri Sports. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Team line-up set for Hong Kong Sevens". irbsevens.com. 2012-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Pool draw announced for Hong Kong Sevens". irbsevens.com. 2012-02-16. 

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