Scotland retain London 7s title as England finish second in series

Scotland retain London 7s title as England finish second in series

"Despite so many players being out injured, we came together well in Paris with a relatively inexperienced side and produced some good sevens rugby", he said. The nation's sevens team became the first Scottish side to beat a New Zealand team in any form of rugby in the 112 years since the countries first met.

The last stop on the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series delighted fans at the home of England Rugby and while the final ended in heartbreak for the hosts, they did secure second position in the series overall behind champions South Africa. The result also means they qualify automatically for the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco next year.

Douglas and Hirayama scored tries in the New Zealand loss, which put Canada into a must-win situation against Japan.

"I'm proud of the players and I'm proud of the staff, " said MacRae. This sport is something that just grips you.

The Bliztboks took out the world championship, ahead of England, Olympic gold medallists Fiji, New Zealand and the USA.

"They took their chances and we couldn't really get our game going in that second half".

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Down 7-0 at the change of ends due to a brilliant solo try from English flier Dan Norton, first an opportunistic score by Hugh Blake and then a team score finished by Riddell gave them a 12-7 edge. "You couldn't write a script like that".

Earlier in the afternoon, England sealed their spot in the final following a 24-5 victory over Canada.

The first quarter-final of the day was barely two minutes old when the tournament and series top try scorer Perry Baker got the ball in his hands, and with a few yards of space, he executed brilliantly as he's done so many times in a United States of America jersey.

In a season where England made four tournament finals, Bibby highlighted the two winning legs as his most memorable moments.

"It says an bad lot about the consistency of this group and the way they keep fighting hard day in and day out for each other and their determination to make England proud".

The Blitzboks eked out another narrow win beating Wales 12-10 in game two, which was enough to seal their semi-final place even before their final Pool match against the USA.

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