2012 Sevens Grand Prix Series

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2012 Sevens Grand Prix Series
Rugby 7's GPS 2012.png
Host nations  France
 Russia
 Denmark
Date 2 June 2012 - 8 July 2012
Nations 16
Final positions
Champions  England
Runners-up  Portugal
Series details
Top try scorer England Nick Royle, Wales Tom Williams (GPS 1)
Wales Williams Thomas (GPS 2)
Portugal Duarte Moreira (GPS 3)

2012 Sevens Grand Prix Series was the 11th round of the Sevens Grand Prix Series (formerly known as the European Sevens Championship) for rugby sevens organised by the FIRA – Association of European Rugby. The series was held in three phases (GPS 1-3)hosted by France (Lyon), Russia (Moscow) and Denmark (Odense).[1] The tournament was won by France, who defeated Portugal 21–12 in the final. England, winner of the first two phases of the tournament, were considered to be favourites but eliminated by France in the quarter-finals. England were the overall champions of the tournament.

Qualification[edit]

The top 12 teams in 2011 qualified for GPS 1 in Lyon.[2] Team rankings after GPS 1 decided the standings for GPS 2 in Moscow, which decided rankings for GPS 3.[3] For GPS 3, Denmark got direct 16th spot and three more teams from Division A promoted for the Grand Prix Series.[3][4]

GPS 1
# Teams
1  Portugal
2  England
3  Spain
4  Russia
5  France
6  Georgia
7  Scotland
8  Italy
9  Wales
10  Ukraine
11  Netherlands
12  Germany
GPS 2
# Teams
1  England
2  France
3  Russia
4  Spain
5  Portugal
6  Ukraine
7  Wales
8  Scotland
9  Germany
10  Italy
11  Georgia
12  Netherlands
GPS 3
# Teams
1  England
2  France
3  Russia
4  Spain
5  Portugal
6  Ukraine
7  Wales
8  Scotland
9  Germany
10  Italy
11  Georgia
12  Netherlands
13  Romania
14  Belgium
15  Lithuania
16  Denmark

Results[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up Third Ref
2–3 June Matmut Stadium (Lyon)  England  Portugal  Spain [5]
30 June and 1 July Luzhniki Stadium (Moscow)  England  France  Russia [6][7]
7–8 July Odense Stadium, (Odense)  France  Portugal  Wales [8]

GPS 1[edit]

The twelve teams were divided into two pools (A and B), with six members each. Each of the teams played with the other members in its pool once and then the two top teams in each of the two pools moved over to semifinals, the winners of which played against each other in the finals.[9]

Portugal and England succeeded to final. Portugal lost only one pool (pool A) match against France with a points difference of nil to 31, whilst English team did not lose a single match.[5][10] In the semifinals, England played against fellow home nation Wales and Portugal faced Spanish team.[11] The final of Grand Prix Series 1 was played in between England and Portugal on 3 June 2012, which was won 14–26 by England and thus won the first leg of the 2012 Sevens Grand Prix Series.[12]

Final match details
3 June 2012
17:26
Portugal  14–26  England
Try: Valente 4'
Leal 20'
Con: Leal 5'
Leal 20'
Report Try: Vilk 2'
Vilk 10'
Brake 12'
Royle 16'
Con: Bibby 3'
Bibby 10'
Bibby 12'
Matmut Stadium
Referee: Alexander Ruiz

GPS 2[edit]

The Grand Prix Series 2 held in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, on 30 June and 1 July 2012. England and France were the top teams of pool A and pool B, respectively. Both of the teams won all their pool matches. England defeated Spain in the semifinal with a points difference of 22 to 7, and France entered the final after winning the lowest-scoring match of the GPS 2 against Russia, winning the match by 7–0.[7] The final of the GPS 2 held on 1 July between England and France, which was won by the English team by 21–15.[13]

Final match details
1 July 2012
18:50
England  21–15  France
Try: Rodwell 1'
Bibby 8'
Bibby 16'
Con: Bibby 1'
Bibby 8'
Bibby 16'
Report Try: Candelon 3'
Albaladejo 14'
Dall Igna 19'
Luzhniki Stadium
Referee: C. Passacantando

GPS 3[edit]

Sixteen teams participated in the Grand Prix Series 3 held in Odense on 7 and 8 July 2012. It was the final phase of the 2012 Sevens Grand Prix Series. The sixteen teams were divided into four pools (A, B, C and D), with four members each. Each of the teams played with the other members in its pool once and then the two top teams in each of the four pools moved over to quarter-finals. The winner of each quarter-final match succeeded to semifinals and the winners of which played against each other in the finals.[14]

England, winner of the first two rounds of the competition, were considered to be the favourites, but they lost to France in quarter-finals.[15][16] In the final, France and Portugal competed for the Championship Cup. France, maintaining their winning streak, defeated Portugal by 21–12.[17][18]

Final match details
8 July 2012
18:58
Portugal  12–21  France
Try: Moreira 16'
Valente 20'
Con: Leal 16'
Report Try: Candelon 1'
Mazoue 3'
Dall Igna 9'
Con: Albaladejo 2'
Albaladejo 3'
Albaladejo 9'
Odense Stadium
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)

Final standings[edit]

# Teams
1  England
2  Portugal
3  Wales
4  Spain
5  Georgia
6  France
7  Russia
8  Scotland
9  Italy
10  Netherlands
11  Germany
12  Ukraine
13  Belgium
14  Romania
15  Lithuania
16  Denmark

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 - Grand Prix Series". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Men's 7’S Grand Prix Series 2012 Tournament Manual, p. 19.
  3. ^ a b Men's 7’S Grand Prix Series 2012 Tournament Manual, p. 8.
  4. ^ "Last 7's Grand Prix Series in Odense in live on Dailymotion". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 1 - Lyon (FR)". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Moscow to Host European Rugby Sevens Tournament". Moscow: en.ria.ru. RIA Novosti. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 2 - Moscow (RU)". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 3 Odense (DK)". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Men's 7’S Grand Prix Series 2012 Tournament Manual, pp. 19–21.
  10. ^ "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 1 Lyon (FR) – Pools matchs – Pool A". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 1 Lyon (FR) – Semifinals – Cup". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 1 Lyon (FR) – Finals – Cup". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 2 Moscow (RU) – Finals – Cup". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Men's 7’S Grand Prix Series 2012 Tournament Manual, p. 24.
  15. ^ Lestang, Rémi (6 July 2012). "Seven's : L'étape d'Odense en direct ce week-end" (in French). lerugbynistere.fr. Le Rugbynistère. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 3 Odense (DK) – Quarter-Finals – Cup + Plate". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 3 Odense (DK) – Finals – Cup". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "La France remporte le tournoi d'Odense" (in French). lerugbynistere.fr. Le Rugbynistère. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 

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