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Sun 21 May 2017 | 05:26

London 7s: Scotland retain London crown

London 7s: Scotland retain London crown
Sun 21 May 2017 | 05:26

London 7s: Scotland retain London crown


England took a 7-0 lead into the half-time interval but Scotland scored all their points in the second half to claim another Cup title.

Meanwhile, Canada secured the Bronze medal when they fought back to claim a 22-19 victory over the United States.

South Africa claimed fifth place overall when they worked hard to get the better of Australia 28-17 to end their campaign on a positive note, having wrapped up the 2017 Series title before this leg began.

Fiji wrapped up the Challenge Trophy with a powerful second-half performance to beat Wales 26-14 while Samoa bagged 13th place after the defeated Russia 24-19 in sudden death.

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Cup Final: Scotland 12-7 England

It was a tense start to the Final before some Dan Norton brilliance cut through Scotland's defence. Will Edwards added the conversion to take a 7-0 lead. England continued to do most of the attacking as the half progressed but Scotland were resolute in defence and were able to concede no further points by half-time.

Scotland made the perfect start when Hugh Blake pounced on a loose ball that was ripped by England in a tackle. Scott Wight added the conversion to level scores at 7-7. Scotland soaked up the pressure from that point before breaking away and launching a counter attack.

Each player was involved in the build-up, with Scott Riddell eventually going over in the corner. Wight failed with the conversion attempt but Scotland had a 12-7 lead with two minutes to play.

That score proved decisive as they held onto the lead.

Bronze Final: USA 19-22 Canada

Canada took the game to the United States and took an early lead when Mike Fuailefau dotted down to take a 5-0 lead. But the USA took the lead after four minutes when Maka Unufe powered over. Madison Hughes added the extras for a 7-5 lead.

The USA closed out the half on the front foot as Perry Baker grabbed an easy try as Canada were stretched in defence. Hughes added the conversion as the USA held a 14-5 lead at the break.

Canada got the perfect start to the second half when Harry Jones went over unopposed after a brilliant Lucas Hammond break. Nathan Hirayama failed with the conversion once again as his side trailed 10-14. 

Canada took the lead with two minute to go in the match when Matt Mullins powered his way over. Hirayama failed with the conversion but the Canadians had a 15-14 lead. 

Hirayama extended their lead soon after as he charged down a Hughes clearance kick to grab the easy try. He converted to ensure a 22-14 lead. The USA had the final say of the game when Alex Schwarz rounded off a move started by the deceptive running of Perry Baker to end the game. 

Fifth-place play-off: Australia 17-28 South Africa

Siviwe Soyizwapi scored with the first chance South Africa got as he benefitted from a Ruhan Nel break to score in the corner and Cecil Afrika converted from the tough angle to take a 7-0 lead. Australia hit back a minute later though when John Porch gassed his way through a massive hole. James Stannard added the extras to level the match at 7-7.

Afrika then regained the lead from the restart when Dylan Sage put him through a gap. He added the extras to take a 14-7 lead after five minutes. Simon Kennewell kept Australia in touch when he used his strength to go over on the half-time hooter.

Ruhan Nel was sent to the bin for a dangerous tackle on Kennewell but South Africa had a 14-12 lead at the break. 

Despite being down a man, South Africa would extend their lead when Afrika went over for try number two following a build-up that involved each player. His conversion stretched the lead to 21-12 with four minutes remaining in the match.

However, Australia got some points back when Alex Gibbon went over in the corner to trail 17-21 with two minutes remaining. The result was put to bed in the final minute when a Ruhan Nel clearance kick found acres of space.

Rosco Specman went charging after it and beat everyone to the ball and he cantered in to score. Branco du Preez added the easy conversion to wrap up fifth place.

Challenge Trophy: Fiji 26-14 Wales

Wales took the lead after two minutes when they made the most of a rare Fiji mistake to dot down close to the uprights. The conversion was good as they took a 7-0 lead. But Fiji hit back minutes later when they levelled matters with three minutes remaining in the half.

Both sides managed to get over the line for a second time in the closing stages of the half as they went into the interval locked at 14-14.

Fiji took the lead for the first time in the match with three minutes to go when they turned defence into touch and put their exceptional offloading skills on show to take a 21-14 lead. The result was put to bed in the final minute when Fiji dotted down their fourth try of the match.

13th-place play-off: Russia 19-24 Samoa

It was Russia who grabbed the lead in the third minute with a well-taken converted try in the third minute but Samoa hit back with two tries, one converted, to take a 12-7 lead. However, Russia hit back just before the break to level the score at 12-12 at half-time.

Russia regained the lead in the 10th minute when they crossed for a converted try, only for Samoa to hit back with a converted try of their own to level matters at 19-19. Samoa had a chance to win the game with a penalty kick at goals but it sailed agonisingly wide as the match went into a golden point decider.

It was Samoa who held their nerve in the end as they grabbed the crucial try to hand them 13th place.

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