Aussie men slump to sixth in 2017 sevens

Aussie men slump to sixth in 2017 sevens

Two new caps have been named in the All Blacks Sevens team for the final tournament in the rugby sevens world series in London this weekend.

England started day two of the London Sevens with a quarter-final triumph over World Series champions South Africa, before registering a 24-5 victory against Canada in the semi-final.

"What a year, I'm unbelievably proud of the boys", said the 26-year-old.

It was 12-5 when Werner Kok raced through from the kickoff, but when the winger was sin-binned for an alleged neck roll, England scored the equaliser.

Down 7-0 at half-time, Scotland then caught the hosts napping as Hugh Blake scampered down the blindside to bring the scores level before captain Scott Riddell finished out wide to put his side ahead and hold on for just their second Cup victory on the circuit.

Veteran playmaker Stannard, 34, took his career tally of points in the world series past 1000 in the win over Samoa and later earned rich praise from coach Andy Friend.

Sitting sixth on the series standings, the young Australian outfit are aiming to finish the season on a bright note after a mixed post-Olympics campaign.

The Blitzboks scored again though to retake the lead before Australia closed the gap to make it 21-17 through Alex Gibbon before Rosko Specman closed it out for South Africa with a runaway try on full-time.




The result marked Scotland's first win in 54 outings against New Zealand.

They had earlier defeated United States 21-14 in the semi-final thanks to Joe Nayacavou's try with the final play of the game.

Canada beat U.S. 22-19 to take bronze in the series finale, while Olympic champions Fiji finished third in the overall standings. The Americans will play Australia in the other quarter-final.

England had the upper hand in the first half of the final after a superb solo try by winger Dan Norton, who recently became the highest try scorer in rugby sevens history.

"As a Scotland player you go through tough times", said Robertson.

Scotland sealed back-to-back London Sevens titles as they came from behind to beat England 12-7 at Twickenham.

It was a valuable way to end the day with a quarter-final berth against the U.S. awaiting the Aussies on Sunday at 7.58pm AEST.

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