Day one of the Canada Sevens saw Spain produce the surprise of the day, beating New Zealand for the first time in their history. Spain triumph 24-26 in a thrilling fixture, that served as a timely reminder of just how much the truncated version of the sport has grown.
Also read: Canada Sevens – results and video highlights, day one
New Zealand had led 12-0 through Joe Ravouvou and Andrew Knewstubb but Spain hit back, Ignacio Rodriguez-Guerra doing down in the corner before captain Francisco Hernandez put his side ahead at the break.
Joan Losada’s try was cancelled out by Ravouvou and Sam Dickson, but after the hooter, Losada broke down the left wing and found Pol Pla on the inside to seal a famous victory.
The win takes Span’s total wins on the circuit to 12 out of
30. They lost both their other fixtures
(against Australia and France respectively) in Canada, but will be forgiven for
celebrating like they’d won the trophy after their historic win over New
Watch: Spain bench ecstatic after New Zealand win
The reaction on social media was equally celebratory
Praise for Spain’s coach
Pablo Feijoo has been at the helm of the Spanish Sevens side
since the 2016-17 season, having played for the national side himself. The
unassuming 36-year old as a far cry from the flash and glam you might expect
from the country’s most famous footballers.
Often kitted out in a flip flops and a cap, he has been
credited with leading the rugby revolution that’s put Spain on the map. Deeply
passionate about his sport and country, he’s not afraid of wearing his heart on
His father, Alfonso Feijoo, is the current President of the
Spanish Rugby Federation and, with creating history seemingly being a family
affair, it was under Alfonso that the country achieved their first ever
qualification for the Rugby World Cup, back in 1999.
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