England into Twickenham quarter-finals and seal second spot

Fiji's Paula Dranisinukula tackles New Zealand's Fa'asiu Fuatai during day one of the London Sevens at Twickenham London Saturday

It's a remarkable achievement for a squad who were nearly wound up two years ago as Scottish Rugby examined ways to save money and were considering no longer competing full-time on the World 7s circuit. The nation's sevens team became the first Scottish side to beat a New Zealand team in any form of rugby in the 112 years since the countries first met.

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.

Douglas and Hirayama scored tries in the New Zealand loss, which put Canada into a must-win situation against Japan.

"I'm absolutely elated", said Riddell. It's so special and I'm so proud of the boys.

In the semi-final former Perthshire and Dundee HSFP wing James Fleming kept the USA's Perry Baker in check to just two tries while Robertson and Bryce kept the scores level.

Olympic gold medallists Fiji, who last failed to reach the Cup back at Las Vegas in 2014, find themselves in the Challenge Trophy quarterfinals against Russian Federation and out of touch of England in the battle for second place in the overall standings.




Afrika added his second try of the match soon after the restart to extend the Blitzboks lead to 21-12 but once again, Australia answered with an unconverted try of their own thanks to Alex Gibbon with South Africa now leading 21-17. "You couldn't write a script like that".

With just seconds remaining and New Zealand leading 21-17, an eagle eyed assistant referee spotted eight black jerseys and told Argentinian referee Damian Schneider who awarded a penalty to red-clad Scotland.

England and Canada followed that and the hosts were clearly up for the challenge, with dream-teamer Ollie Lyndsey-Hague executing a attractive goose-step to score under the sticks early on.

Scotland, runner-up to South Africa last time out in Paris, retained its London crown with a 12-7 win over England.

"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".

Coach Damian McGrath's team also downed the Americans 26-19 last month to take the title in Singapore, Canada's first Cup final win in 140 tournaments.

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