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All Blacks Sevens humiliated in London

The Blitzboks would make pretty good movie stars

Trailing 21-0 at half-time it seemed like that sorry statistic had the shelf life of atomic waste.

England lost Ollie Lindsay-Hague to injury early on but took the lead as all-time Sevens Series leading try-scorer Norton checked in from the left to beat four defenders and sidestep the final man to dive over.

They were losing 21-0 at half-time in the quarter-final but fought back remarkably to secure a 24-1 success before defeating U.S. 19-14 in the semis with a last-second try.

That victory set up a final against the host nation who, incidentally, fielded a Scot in their ranks, Ruaridh McConnochie, who is a product of proud Scottish parents and London Scottish.

Scotland restarted better, Hugh Blake picking up loose ball on the England side of a breakdown to even the score. We've learned from a poor final against South Africa last week (in Paris).

Captain Scott Riddell then barged over in the corner for the match and title winning score. "To play in eight finals and win five is something we are very proud of".

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England were convincing in their 24-5 semifinal win over Canada before their final loss to the Scots. The two former Melrose players are bowing out and both were hugely influential through the weekend, Robertson being named player of the final after being involved in setting up both tries. Werner Kok silenced the Twickenham faithful after the resumption of play with a well worked try, but went from hero to villan minutes later as he was sin-binned for a neck roll and James Rodwell levelled after good phase-play from the resulting penalty. "You know that the team has heaps of potential but it is only rarely that you get to fulfil that".

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

"Beating New Zealand in the manner that we did and our second-half performance in the final were extremely pleasing".

Pacific Beat's rugby sevens specialist Nick Jordan, who was at Twickenham for the tournament, says it all means a lot of hard work ahead for the Pacific teams, and after the unprecedented highs of 2016, he says Fiji fans have cause for concern.

Spain were no match for the powerful running of the English in the opener as Dan Bibby crossed for his 49th try in the competition in a 28-7 win.

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