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Rugby sevens: Sri Lanka seal Shield in Glasgow; South Africa win gold

 Sri Lanka, pictured in action against England in the group stage, won the fourth-tier Shield in the Commonwealth Games in front of a packed Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow. Photo: AFP.

Sri Lanka, pictured in action against England in the group stage, won the fourth-tier Shield at the Commonwealth Games in front of a packed Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow. Photo: AFP.

July 28, 2014: Sri Lanka captain Fazil Marija scored 16 points as the popular island nation won the Shield at the Commonwealth Games by beating Trinidad and Tobago 43-7 in front of record-breaking crowds at Glasgow’s Ibrox Stadium.

 

In the semi-finals, contested by the losing Bowl quarter finalists, Sri Lanka beat Barbados 34-0, while Trinidad and Tobago won 15-10 against Malaysia, Asia’s other representatives in the competition.

 

Some of the biggest cheers of the day were reserved for Sri Lanka – third in last year’s Asian Sevens Series – as well as other crowd favourites including Malaysia, Uganda, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

 

South Africa later won gold by defeating four-time winners New Zealand 17-12 in a gripping Cup final that provided a fitting climax to a hugely successful weekend, as a new world and Commonwealth Games rugby sevens attendance record of 171,000 was set over the two competition days.

 

Australia, silver medallists at Delhi 2010, claimed bronze by defeating Samoa 24-0. However, there was to be no medal joy for the host nation as Scotland joined Wales and England in exiting at the quarter-final stage, although England regrouped to win the Plate by beating Wales 17-15. Canada claimed the Bowl by beating the Cook Islands 50-7.

 

Bernard Lapasset, Chairman of the IRB, said: “Rugby sevens is thriving and continues reach out and inspire new audiences, and Glasgow 2014 has taken rugby sevens to new fans around the world. Congratulations to our medallists and all the teams who have showcased our sport and its character-building values brilliantly at the ‘Friendly Games’. Glasgow 2014 has furthered the sevens success story .”

 

Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens Roll of Honour

1998, Kuala Lumpur – New Zealand

2002, Manchester – New Zealand

2006, Melbourne – New Zealand

2010, Delhi – New Zealand

2014, Glasgow – South Africa

Source: IRB (www.irb.com); Editing by SportAsia

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