Scotland stun England to seal second successive London Sevens crown

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With England successfully progressing as one of the top eight teams, the battle for second place has not emerged and they will be declared the official runners-up to South Africa in the 2016/2-17 World Series. Trailing 21-0 at half-time it seemed like that sorry statistic had the shelf life of atomic waste.

Head coach Innocent Simiyu only managed to reach two Main Cup Quarter finals in Cape Town and Singapore, a massive drop in performance compared to last season where Kenya finished seventh on 98 points under the management of head coach Benjamin Ayimba. They kept playing and clawed their way back into contention.

Scotland took on a New Zealand side that were unbeaten on day one and were chasing shadows for Sam Dickson's opening try, as they struggled in the London summer sun.

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 U.S. jersey.

Hirayama scored two tries against Argentina with singles from Fuailefau and Justin Douglas as Canada led 14-0 and 21-7. But Hugh Blake struck back after the break after England's players stopped, expecting a knock-on decision, only for referee Craig Joubert to signal that an English hand had ripped the ball backwards out of Mark Robertson's grasp.


Captain Scott Riddell was the man who scored the decisive try and the result gave departing head coach Calum MacRae and retiring players Mark Robertson and Scott Wight the flawless send-off.

It was all England in the second half with Dan Norton and James Rodwell scoring two unanswered tries to advance to the semifinals. "I've got a hell of a lot of pride and it's tough to say goodbye". "You know that the team has heaps of potential but it is only rarely that you get to fulfil that".

Stannard, who racked up his 1000th World Series point during the day's play, told Andy Friend he would give it all up for the Cup win.

The team spirit and effort to work hard and fight for each other is what we are all about and that's what's been getting us all these wins and pushing us in the right direction. They were victims of the biggest loss of the series as the Fijians ran in nine tries to win 61-5, a loss that was cruelly compounded as Japan were officially relegated as a result.

Scotland defeated England in an scintillating HSBC London Sevens final on Sunday as South Africa were officially crowned series champions.

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