Spain secured a permanent place on the World Rugby Sevens calendar after their win over Germany.
It’s hard to fathom that a year of preparation all boils down to 14 minutes in Hong Kong, but that’s how it goes and Spain and Germany took the field on Sunday, knowing that a place on next season’s World Rugby Sevens Series was on the line.
A tense opener saw Fabien Hempel cross for Germany after a period of pressure but Javier Carrion’s line break saw him make up the gap to leave it 7-5 at half-time. A beautiful break from Pol Pla saw Francisco Hernandez cross for a well-worked try in the second half and despite Germany’s attempts, Spain held on for a deserved win.
Winning coach Pablo Fejioo was proud of the passion shown by his side:
“It’s amazing. They pulled on the heart-strings and they played with their hearts.
“The boys trained seriously but with a smile every single day at training. I’m so happy.”