Aussies hopeful of strong finish to sevens world series

Rufina Vignone
Mag 22, 2017

The Red Roses got off to a flying start through prolific try scorer Dan Norton, but failed to add to that early score after some resilient defence from their neighbours from north of the border.

The Scots did it the hard way, beating the host nation in the Twickenham final, and they carved out a little bit of history in the process.

Captain Philip Snyman dedicated the win to South Africa and all Blitzboks fans, saying the support throughout the season gave them much needed inspiration.

They were 21-0 down at half time, but stormed back to take the win and a place in the Semi Finals.

The defending champions then went on to defeat the United States of America 21-14 in the semi-final with a late try from Jo Nayacavou, before beating England 12-7 in the final.

The Scots then produced a series of deft offloads to put Riddell over in the corner and, although Wight missed the conversion, England could not find a response as Scotland capped MacRae's final game as coach with a second title.

On a day when rivals seemed destined to meet, Canada narrowly edged out U.S. 22-19 in an all-North American battle for third place.

We've learned from a poor final against South Africa last week (in Paris). England finished second in the series standings with the Olympic Games Champions Fiji finishing third overall this season.

I'm proud of the players and I'm proud of the staff.

After losing the final of the Paris Sevens last weekend to South Africa, Scotland went one better yesterday, finishing the sevens season on a high after retaining the HSBC London trophy that they first lifted 12 months ago.

Chasing the game at 12-5, the crowd erupted as Wales broke down the pitch following a James Benjamin interception allowing Owen Jenkins to cross in the final minute.

Scotland won its first Cup title here previous year, beating South Africa by one point in the final, and will have to go through New Zealand in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

France picked up the pace after their initial pool defeat; they were run close before beating Russian Federation, 26-20, but surprised Scotland later in the day with a Pierre Popelin try making the difference as the French claimed victory, 17-12.

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