dglobalnews.com World Sevens Series ends badly for Fiji and Samoa in England
Published: Mon, May 22, 2017
Markets | By Armando Jensen

World Sevens Series ends badly for Fiji and Samoa in England

World Sevens Series ends badly for Fiji and Samoa in England

Scotland won their first-ever HSBC World Rugby Seven Series event when they surprisingly lifted the crown a year ago, and 12 months on they repeated the trick to become back-to-back champions. Trailing 21-0 at half-time it seemed like that sorry statistic had the shelf life of atomic waste. The Americans will play Australia in the other quarter-final.

Defeat meant that the United States of America topped Pool A, leaving the Blitzboks to face hosts England in the last eight.

James Stannard added to his tally making it four tries for the day and was definitely being hailed as a hero and the catalyst of the day's impressive team performance.

It's Rosco Specman who gave South Africa a lead 12-5 after he sliced through to score before Cecil Africa converted.

In the semi-finals, the hosts eased past Canada 24-5, while Scotland beat U.S. 21-14 thanks to Joe Nayacavou's try with the final play of the game.

Scotland restarted better, Hugh Blake picking up loose ball on the England side of a breakdown to even the score.

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Captain Scott Riddell was the man who scored the decisive try and the result gave departing head coach Calum MacRae and retiring players Mark Robertson and Scott Wight the ideal send-off. It is the end of an era and Robertson, who won the Player of the Final, reflected on what it meant to him.

England progressed to the semis after two tries from player of the tournament Norton sealed a 17-12 victory over South Africa, who had secured the overall title by beating Scotland in the Paris Sevens final last weekend.

"It says an bad lot about the consistency of this group and the way they keep fighting hard day in and day out for each other and their determination to make England proud". "You know that the team has heaps of potential but it is only rarely that you get to fulfil that".

The women's series has two more tournaments to go starting next weekend in Langford, Canada.

What did you think of the win? They were victims of the biggest loss of the series as the Fijians ran in nine tries to win 61-5, a loss that was cruelly compounded as Japan were officially relegated as a result.

The men's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series now takes a break Next season will be a World Cup year and will start again in Dubai. At least this squad went out at the top after a memorable victory in West London.

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