IRB Sevens World Series: Breaking Down the Results in Wellington

Jeff Hull@@HullatHomeContributor IIIFebruary 2, 2013

England were the 4th Cup winner on the IRB Series this season.
England were the 4th Cup winner on the IRB Series this season.Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

The IRB Sevens World Series produced its fourth Cup champion in four tournaments, as England produced the performance they had been waiting for all season.

The English had produced just 15 series points in the previous three tournaments—such was not to be the case this weekend, as England defeated Scotland, Samoa and Kenya, claiming 22 series points and the Championship Cup at the 2013 Hertz Sevens in Wellington, New Zealand.

England had defeated the defending champions from New Zealand on their home ground on Friday and it was, perhaps, fitting that the English stood atop the Cup podium on Saturday, while the Kiwis were forced to settle for third place.

The tournament produced more than one outstanding storyline—a Kenyan appearance in the final marked a major step forward for that nation, continuing an already impressive season.  Kenya's 19 series points from Wellington vault them into second place overall in the IRB Sevens standings.

If England and Kenya enjoyed breakout performances, then surely the same can be said of the Australians. Having been decimated by injuries in previous series stops, the Aussies finished with a perfect record on day one. They went on to win the Plate title in Wellington, thus ensuring their return to the ranks of the world's top 10 Sevens nations.

Further down, Canadian Head Coach, Geraint John will be happy with his troops, as Canada secured their first Bowl title of the season on the back of an outstanding game by Glasgow Warrior wing Taylor Paris. 

The Canadians were unlucky not to have made the Cup quarterfinals after dealing South Africa a heavy defeat in pool play. Their Bowl Final upset of Fiji is a moment that is sure to live long in the memory of their fans.

Wales, while easily handling that same Canadian team on day one, were quickly relegated to the Shield competition, but recovered to claim that trophy and three series points by beating Tonga 26 - 21 in the Shield Final.

The Wellington tournament certainly proved that the IRB Sevens Series remains up for grabs. The series now moves to Las Vegas for the its USA leg. 

We will have a preview for you of that tournament, right here on Bleacher Report.


Wellington Sevens Day Two Results:

Cup Final:  England 24 - Kenya 19

3rd Place Game:  New Zealand 17 - Samoa 7

Plate Final:  Australia 22 - Scotland 7

Bowl Final:  Canada 28 - Fiji 19 

Shield Final: Wales 26 - Tonga 21


Jeff Hull is a contributor to Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @RugbyScribe