History for Germany Sevens at European Grand Prix

By Alex Dudley

There was a piece of history made in the European Sevens Grand Prix with the Germany men’s team winning their first Grand Prix event.

With the regional Olympic qualifying places already decided; the only thing that was to be resolved over the Grand Prix weekend was who would be the team to get their hands on the trophy.

It had been a positive display by Germany throughout the season; as they had already finished fourth in Moscow earlier this year. However, this success was as welcome as it was unexpected.

The Germans beat Spain in the final of the Lodz Sevens to claim the title by two points from their nearest rivals – France. It was even more heartbreak in the women’s side of the competition for the French, as they lost out on points difference to the Russians. Meanwhile, there were bronze medals for both the women and men.

However, it was the men’s German side that caught all the headlines. They began the competition with good wins over Russia, Georgia and England in the pool stages. Before, overcoming France in the quarter-finals and Ireland in the semi-finals.

The overwhelming trend that followed the Germans throughout the competition was their ability to come back from an early setback. They were able to do this in the final against Spain after tries from Bastian Himmer, Ben Ellermann and Niklas Koch. They later closed out the match with a further try from Tim Lichtenberg.

“What a crazy tournament,” stated Germany co-coach Clemens von Grumkov. “With the exception of the final, we did not really show our best performance in any game. But, in the end, everything went in our direction; everything came together.

“This is, of course, a wonderful end to the season after the disappointment over the missed Olympic qualification. We are thrilled with what we have now achieved as the first German rugby national team.”

Main photo: World Rugby

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