Tackles & Tries: Photos from the @WorldRugby7s #canada7s #rugby7s

Argentina's Bautista Delguay (#10) never stops tackling and forces a fumble by Russia's German Davydov (#12) over the try-line. © J. Ashley Nixon

Argentina’s Bautista Delguay (#10) never stops tackling and forces a fumble by Russia’s German Davydov (#12) over the try-line.
© J. Ashley Nixon

17 out of 45 games won (or lost) by a score of seven points or less

That underlying statistic is evidence of a lot of close games of rugby. Games where a single missed tackle or a fumbled ball going over the try line (see photo above) could have determined a team’s progress through the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series competition. It meant the prospect of taking home one of the four splendidly crafted trophies (Cup, Plate, Bowl or Shield). Or, taking an early team tour around the pitch to show appreciation to the 60,000 plus fans that turned up for the Canada Sevens over the two days at BC Place, Vancouver.

Four Finalists at the Canada Sevens

Russia (Shield), Canada (Bowl), Samoa (Plate) and New Zealand (Cup) were the four teams to pick up the prizes. The All Blacks Sevens put the most important one in their bags to go to the next stop (#7) on the competition (Hong Kong April 8-10) just two points behind the current series leaders, Fiji (106 points).

In a competition where even the final goes with a margin of seven points (the All Blacks won against South Africa 19-14), it’s critical, especially in the time after the final siren has sounded, to steal it with a try- or a try-stopping tackle.

More photos of tries and tackles from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series

Here are a few more shots of tries and tackles from the Canada Sevens.

For more, please take a look at J. Ashley Nixon Photography

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Bryan Habana © J. Ashley Nixon

Bryan Habana #5 South Africa powers through the defence on his way to his first try of the #CanadaSevens in their Cup Quarter Final win against Wales.
© J. Ashley Nixon

 

South Africa New Zealand... © J. Ashley Nixon

South Africa’s Dylan Sage (#2) is stopped near the line by a crunching tackle by New Zealand’s # 7, Sam Dickson, who won the Player of the Final Award in the Canada Sevens at BC Place, Vancouver.
© J. Ashley Nixon

 

USA © J. Ashley Nixon

USA Rugby 7s Garrett Bender (#4) scores against Fiji in their Cup Quarter Final game. The game was tied at full-time. Fiji went on to win 31-26 with an extra time “sudden-death” try.
© J. Ashley Nixon

 

 

 

 

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