Published: Mon, May 22, 2017
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Aussie Sevens through to London quarter-finals

Aussie Sevens through to London quarter-finals

His replacement, Richard De Carpentier was denied a follow up effort as the two sides went at each other in an energy-sapping encounter, that saw the hosts lead 7-0 at half-time.

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.

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

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.

"What a year, I'm unbelievably proud of the boys", he said.

Wight and Robertson retire from the game they have graced and coach Callum MacRae, who has worked miracles in turning Scotland from laughing stock into world beaters, moves to Edinburgh Rugby.

Canada beat United States of America 22-19 to take bronze in the series finale, while Olympic champions Fiji finished third in the overall standings.

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

"I'm absolutely elated", captain Scott Riddell said before accepting the trophy.

Earlier in the day, England scored a try after the hooter to beat the Blitzboks 17-12 in the Cup quarter-finals.

Scotland retained their London Sevens title following a 12-7 victory over England in the final at Twickenham.

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

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.

Then after the buzzer and extra time looming, Norton squeezed into the corner for the match-winning try. The Scots lead lasted less than two minutes until Baker made it look so easy as he jogged in under the posts.

The last quarter-final was more straight forward as an impressive Canadian side took on Argentina. Australia's Alex Gibbon touched down before the break to leave it 19-7 at half time.

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