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The 2012 USA Sevens was the ninth edition of the tournament and the fifth tournament of the 2011-12 IRB Sevens World Series. The host stadium was the Sam Boyd Stadium.

Samoa won the title by defeating New Zealand 26–19 in the final.[1]

FormatEdit

The teams were divided into pools of four teams, who played a round-robin within the pool. Points were awarded in each pool on a different schedule from most rugby tournaments—3 for a win, 2 for a draw, 1 for a loss. The top two teams in each pool advanced to the Cup competition. The four quarterfinal losers dropped into the bracket for the Plate. The Bowl was contested by the third- and fourth-place finishers in each pool, with the losers in the Bowl quarterfinals dropping into the bracket for the Shield.

TeamsEdit

16 teams participated:[2]

Pool stageEdit

The draw was made on February 4.[3]

Key to colours in group tables
Teams that advance to the Cup Quarterfinal

Pool AEdit

Teams Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 33008515+709
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 32015727+307
Flag of Australia.png Australia 31023057−275
Flag of Japan.png Japan 30031285−733
10 February 2012
18:12
New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.png 31 – 5 Flag of Australia.png Australia Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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10 February 2012
18:34
Samoa Flag of Samoa.png 33 – 0 Flag of Japan.png Japan Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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10 February 2012
21:08
New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.png 42 – 5 Flag of Japan.png Japan Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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10 February 2012
21:30
Samoa Flag of Samoa.png 19 – 15 Flag of Australia.png Australia Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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11 February 2012
12:44
Australia Flag of Australia.png 10 – 7 Flag of Japan.png Japan Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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11 February 2012
14:12
New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.png 12 – 5 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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Pool BEdit

Teams Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 33006641+259
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 32014538+77
Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 31024150−95
Flag of United States.png United States 30034366−233
10 February 2012
16:00
Fiji Flag of Fiji.png 14 – 12 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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10 February 2012
16:22
Canada Flag of Canada.jpg 19 – 12 Flag of United States.png United States Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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10 February 2012
18:56
Fiji Flag of Fiji.png 33 – 19 Flag of United States.png United States Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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10 February 2012
19:18
Canada Flag of Canada.jpg 12 – 19 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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11 February 2012
13:06
Fiji Flag of Fiji.png 19 – 10 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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11 February 2012
14:34
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 14 – 12 Flag of United States.png United States Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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Pool CEdit

Teams Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 33009717+809
Flag of Wales.png Wales 32015448+67
Flag of France.png France 31023866−285
Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay 30032684−583
10 February 2012
16:44
France Flag of France.png 12 – 14 Flag of Wales.png Wales Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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10 February 2012
17:06
South Africa Flag of South Africa.png 35 – 0 Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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10 February 2012
19:40
France Flag of France.png 21 – 19 Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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10 February 2012
20:02
South Africa Flag of South Africa.png 29 – 12 Flag of Wales.png Wales Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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11 February 2012
12:22
Wales Flag of Wales.png 28 – 7 Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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11 February 2012
13:50
France Flag of France.png 5 – 33 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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Pool DEdit

Teams Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 32106221+417
Flag of England.png England 32104819+297
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 31025434+205
Flag of Brazil.png Brazil 300310100−903
10 February 2012
17:28
Kenya Flag of Kenya.jpg 17 – 14 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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10 February 2012
17:50
England Flag of England.png 29 – 5 Flag of Brazil.png Brazil Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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10 February 2012
20:24
Kenya Flag of Kenya.jpg 38 – 0 Flag of Brazil.png Brazil Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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10 February 2012
20:46
England Flag of England.png 12 – 7 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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11 February 2012
12:00
Scotland Flag of Scotland.png 33 – 5 Flag of Brazil.png Brazil Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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11 February 2012
13:28
Kenya Flag of Kenya.jpg 7 – 7 Flag of England.png England Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
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Knockout stageEdit

ShieldEdit

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
11 February – Las Vegas        
 Flag of Australia.png Australia  50
12 February – Las Vegas
 Flag of Brazil.png Brazil  0  
 Flag of Brazil.png Brazil  7
11 February – Las Vegas
     Flag of France.png France  33  
 Flag of France.png France  5
12 February – Las Vegas
 Flag of United States.png United States  21  
 Flag of France.png France  22
11 February – Las Vegas    
   Flag of Scotland.png Scotland  7
 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland  14
12 February – Las Vegas
 Flag of Japan.png Japan  15  
 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland  40
11 February – Las Vegas
     Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay  12  
 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada  29
 Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay  0  
 

BowlEdit

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
11 February – Las Vegas        
 Flag of Australia.png Australia  50
12 February – Las Vegas
 Flag of Brazil.png Brazil  0  
 Flag of Australia.png Australia  19
11 February – Las Vegas
     Flag of United States.png United States  14  
 Flag of France.png France  5
12 February – Las Vegas
 Flag of United States.png United States  21  
 Flag of Australia.png Australia  17
11 February – Las Vegas    
   Flag of Canada.jpg Canada  19
 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland  14
12 February – Las Vegas
 Flag of Japan.png Japan  15  
 Flag of Japan.png Japan  5
11 February – Las Vegas
     Flag of Canada.jpg Canada  21  
 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada  29
 Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay  0  
 

PlateEdit

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
11 February – Las Vegas        
 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand  12
12 February – Las Vegas
 Flag of England.png England  7  
 Flag of England.png England  19
11 February – Las Vegas
     Flag of Argentina.png Argentina  21  
 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa  24
12 February – Las Vegas
 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina  5  
 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina  7
11 February – Las Vegas    
   Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya  21
 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya  14
12 February – Las Vegas
 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa  19  
 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya  22
11 February – Las Vegas
     Flag of Wales.png Wales  14  
 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji  12
 Flag of Wales.png Wales  5  
 

CupEdit

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
11 February – Las Vegas        
 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand  12
12 February – Las Vegas
 Flag of England.png England  7  
 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand  20
11 February – Las Vegas
   Flag of South Africa.png South Africa  7  
 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa  24
12 February – Las Vegas
 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina  5  
 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand  19
11 February – Las Vegas
   Flag of Samoa.png Samoa  26
 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya  14
12 February – Las Vegas
 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa  19  
 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa  14 Third place
11 February – Las Vegas
   Flag of Fiji.png Fiji  12  
 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji  12  Flag of Fiji.png Fiji  21
 Flag of Wales.png Wales  5    Flag of South Africa.png South Africa  15
12 February – Las Vegas

TelevisionEdit

The 2012 USA Sevens earned strong ratings on TV in the US, with higher ratings than several basketball and hockey games on TV that weekend. The TV ratings for selected sports events on network and cable TV that weekend are below:[4]

  • 0.7 USA Sevens Rugby
  • 0.4 NHL: Detroit v. Philadelphia
  • 0.3 NCAA: Alabama v. LSU
  • 0.1 NCAA: Wichita v. Creighton
  • 0.1 NCAA: Xavier v. Temple
  • 0.1 NCAA: Utah St. v. New Mexico St.
  • 0.1 NCAA: Ark - Little Rock v. Middle Tenn. St.

ReferencesEdit

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  4. Sports Media Watch, Weekly Sports TV Ratings, Feb 22, 2012, http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2012/02/weekly-sports-tv-ratings-february-11-february-17/

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