With the constant rain forcing handling errors and dictating a bruising forward clash with lots of kicking by the backs, the result came down to the Crusaders capitalising on the two opportunities that went their way.
The minor amendment to Law 8 was approved by the World Rugby Council during its special meeting held via teleconference. It follows a recommendation by the international federation’s Rugby Committee and specialist Laws Review Group.
Pool B sees reigning Olympic Champions Fiji drawn with France, hosts Canada and Wales, who are currently occupying the relegation position and will be looking to pick up more points in the second half of the series.
It was a repeat of the final from the previous Sydney leg of this year’s World Series Sevens series, but this time it was South Africa who came out top thanks to an extra time try from Sakoyisa Makata after the scores had finished level at full time 24-24.
USA speedsters Carlin Isles and Perry Baker – two of the fastest athletes on the planet – made history on the inaugural day of the newest event on World Rugby Sevens Series calendar. Both achieved the milestone of 200 Series tries.