Aussies hopeful of strong finish to sevens world series

Aussies hopeful of strong finish to sevens world series

The Scots came from behind in all three knockout games yesterday in the final World 7s Series event of the season to secure the trophy they won in equally thrilling style 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.

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.

Richard de Carpentier then went close to adding to England's lead, only for it to be ruled that his foot was in touch and that was as close as either side came to adding to the scoreline before half-time.

Wight and Robertson retire from the game they have graced and coach Callum MacRae, who has worked miracles in turning Scotland from laughing stock into world beaters, moves to Edinburgh Rugby.

"I'm proud of these boys here today but also all the players who have contributed to us through the season".

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.

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They ran into a 12-0 lead over SA before tries from Ruhan Nel and Siviwe Soyizwapi drew the scores level early in the second half.

Canada saw off the US 22-19 in the bronze-medal match to round out the podium. The Americans will play Australia in the other quarter-final.

But they advanced to the quarterfinals for a 10th time in 10 outings this season despite a loss against the US in their final Pool match.

Canada lost 19-12 to traditional power New Zealand, but defeated Japan 28-14, on three tries by Justin Douglas, to finish the round robin 2-1 and advance to a championship quarter-final match-up against Argentina this morning.

But they fought back with four tries in the second half to rack up a famous win, Jamie Farndale touching down with what was the last play of a game which briefly saw the New Zealanders have eight players on the field at one point. "I've got a hell of a lot of pride and it's tough to say goodbye".

The Canada Sevens has a capacity for 6,430 over two days next Saturday and Sunday.

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