London calling: Scots shine at Twickenham

VICTORY Sevens Blitzboks coach Neil Powell

Eleven female national teams are arriving in Victoria this weekend to join the Langford-based host team in preparation for next weekend's Canada Sevens, the fifth of six stops on the 2016-17 women's HSBC World Series.

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

Scotland retained their London Sevens title with a 12-7 victory over England in the final at Twickenham.

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.

The momentum of the match changed and winger Jamie Farndale scored two tries, the second of which came after the hooter and sealed a famous 24-21 fightback for the Scots.

The Canadians then recovered to defeat the U.S. 22-19 for bronze.

Scotland beat England 12-7 in the final, but it remained a special day for South African rugby.

Scotland won their first-ever HSBC World Rugby Seven Series event when they surprisingly lifted the crown past year, and 12 months on they repeated the trick to become back-to-back champions.

Amor added of their world series second-placed finish: "I've been really pleased with their consistency to always be there or thereabouts".

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

Despite falling 7-0 behind to a solo try from England's Dan Norton, the Scots hit back in the second half thanks to tries from Hugh Blake and captain Scott Riddell.

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

The United States ended South Africa's dream run and New Zealand knocked Fiji out of the quarterfinal race on Day One.

"It says an terrible 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".

The Canada Sevens has a capacity for 6,430 over two days next Saturday and Sunday. The Singapore champions took the game to the South Americans and two tries from Nathan Hiryama and one from Mike Fuailefau and Justin Douglas put the game beyond reach.

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