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University of Canberra Brumbies named World Club Sevens Champions
The University of Canberra Brumbies were named Cup winners and Champions of the World Club Sevens in London overnight after downing Auckland 17-14 in the final.
After falling to Auckland in the pool rounds on Saturday, the University of Canberra Brumbies managed to finish the rest of the tournament without a loss eventually squaring the ledger against the Kiwi team in the final.
Player of the tournament, Henry Speight, scored a bucket load of tries during the two-day tournament while the rest of the side showed no weak links as they surged towards the final.
A six-man side turned on some class to win in golden point against Moscow in the Quarter Final while a big win against Buenos Aires, 26-7, ushered the University of Canberra Brumbies into the final.
Captain Robbie Coleman said the win was a great way to end a successful year of rugby in the Australian Capital.
“Throughout the tournament I think this side has shown we were here to win. I’m very proud of this group for the way they have stuck it out when things got tough,” Coleman said.
“Beating Moscow with six men, knocking over the top seeds Buenos Aires and then bouncing back against Auckland all showed plenty of heart.
“Henry Speight is a special player at 15-a-side rugby and he’s just shown his versatility here by dominating the sevens. It was nice for us to have some Fijian influence come through in the way we played.
“Great to bring some silverware back to Canberra and finish the season on such high.”
The University of Canberra Brumbies will leave London on Tuesday, London time. Photographs of the tournament are available through Getty Images.
University of Canberra Brumbies
1. Etienne Oosthuizen
2. Andrew Smith
3. Jordan Smiler
4. Matt Hawke
5. Colby Faingaa
6. Henry Speight
7. Rodney Iona
8. Stephan Van Der Walt
9. Ian Prior
10. Zack Holmes
11. Robbie Coleman (c)
12. Tom Cox
University of Canberra Brumbies 24 bt Harlequins 14
Auckland 24 bt University of Canberra Brumbies 12
University of Canberra Brumbies 35 bt Kuban Krasnodar 12
University of Canberra Brumbies 22 bt Saracens Moscow 17
University of Canberra Brumbies 26 bt Buenos Aires 7
University of Canberra Brumbies 17 bt Auckland 14