London Sevens: Scotland beat England to seal second ever title

VICTORY Sevens Blitzboks coach Neil Powell

Losing the opening game of the day by three points to Canada on the last play of the day put the islanders under some pressure and even though they saw off Japan easily in a 61-5 drubbing, the final game against the Kiwis was not as easy and the 27-21 final score put a spot in the top eight out of reach.

The Springbok Sevens team earlier won the fifth-place playoff against Australia to end the season with a win, but it was their solid performances throughout the year that brought them glory.

Earlier they had been beaten in the Cup quarter-finals by the United States of America 31-14 but responded well to defeat the Kiwis 40-7 to end up sixth.

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

They couldn't have had a tougher path out of the quarterfinals on Sunday, with World Series champions South Africa standing between them and the final four. Perhaps the South African felt obliged to give one close call to the Scots after that howler in RWC'15.

"We have six tournaments that we're looking at in between now at the next World Series".

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"We received massive support, even when things did not go as planned". The Twickenham crowd - which hit 48,272 on Saturday and is expected to exceed 35,000 today - will undoubtedly play its part, too, and should they defeat the Blitzboks they will fancy their chances of going all the way.

For Snyman, it felt like yesterday when they started the season in Dubai. It was a great season for us.

With NZ on the brink of a semi-final spot at Twickenham, an assistant ref noticed something wasn't quite right with the number of Kiwi players on the field.

England had the upper hand in the first half of the final after a superb solo try by winger Dan Norton, who recently became the highest try scorer in rugby sevens history.

It was 12-5 when Werner Kok raced through from the kickoff, but when the winger was sin-binned for an alleged neck roll, England scored the equaliser.

Their hopes of breaking that drought disappeared in the quarter-finals when they lost 24-21 to eventual tournament champions Scotland, having squandered a 21-0 lead following tries to Sam Dickson, Fa'asiu Fuatai and Andrew Knewstubb.

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