Published: Mon, May 22, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

World Cup place secured by Scots' sevens stars

World Cup place secured by Scots' sevens stars

But stubborn Scottish defense kept the home side at bay, creating a platform for the Scots to lift just their second ever World Series title after also triumphing in London a year ago.

Scotland have ended their over a century long drought against New Zealand at the London Sevens with a stunning 24-21 victory. It's so special and I'm so proud of the boys.

They led 7-0 at the interval thanks to a successful conversion from Will Edwards.

England playmaker Oliver Lindsay-Hague, who scored three tries in the semi-final win over Canada, was carried off on a cart early, but his teammates responded with a sensational try.

And after his last tournament as coach before joining the Edinburgh Rugby set-up, MacRae couldn't hide his delight at his troops' display.

Fiji, victor of the previous two World Series, was second in the standings after winning at Hong Kong in March, but faded with quarter-final exits in Singapore and Paris, and didn't even get that far here.

They were beaten by the U.S. in the quarter-finals before smashing New Zealand 40-7 in the fifth place semi-final.

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However, Scotland produced a remarkable rally to score four unanswered tries in the second period, two each for Dougie Fife and Jamie Farndale, secured a breathtaking 24-21 win.

Canada provided one of the shocks of the day in the opening match with an upset 22-19 win over Fiji.

Japan were relegated out of the HSBC series, South Africa topped the pile at the end of the season and the Scots finished seventh in the overall table after a season that was blighted by injury to several of their core sevens players.

With NZ on the brink of a semi-final spot at Twickenham, an assistant ref noticed something wasn't quite right with the number of Kiwi players on the field.

Meanwhile Scotland retained their London title, coming from behind to beat hosts England 12-7.

England's speed man Dan Norton scored a scorcher of a solo try in the first half to give the home team the advantage. 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.

The last quarter-final was more straight forward as an impressive Canadian side took on Argentina.

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