Germany draws with Australia in sevens rugby in Spain

January 21, 2022 GMT

MALAGA, Spain (AP) — Germany was invited to make up the numbers at the inaugural Spain Sevens and went beyond its brief by drawing with Australia 12-12 on Friday.

After a scoreless first half, Australia went ahead twice thanks to Nathan Lawson tries, only for Germany to draw at the death after a Tim Lichtenberg try from his own break was drop converted by Fabian Heimpel.

Normal service resumed in the pool when Germany lost to Ireland 24-7 and Australia thrashed Japan 42-0, but Germany had a result to savor.

Germany and Jamaica were competing in place of New Zealand and Samoa, who are still unable to join the sevens world series because of travel restrictions in the pandemic. Also unable to travel was Olympic champion Fiji, whose pool games were being scored 0-0 in its absence.

Jamaica scored a first-minute try in a big loss to Argentina, which is second in the series.

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Unbeaten series leader South Africa defeated Scotland 27-7 in its only game in the same pool as Fiji, while Argentina, the United States, France, Australia, Ireland, and England were also unbeaten in pool play. The final is on Sunday.

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