Scots make history defending London Sevens

World Rugby

Lynn McConnell     22 May 2017     World Rugby

To achieve the feat Scotland had to come from 0-21 down after Sam Dickson, Fa'asiu Fuatai and Andrew Knewstubb scored tries during the first half.

The Scots came back after the break in a different frame of mind with Douglas Fife scoring two tries. With 40 seconds left Jamie Farndale got Scotland within four points.

However, an issue developed over the number of New Zealand players on the pitch and Scotland were awarded a penalty.

Moving the ball through several phases the Scots, on the brink of a famous victory, maintained their hold on the ball before Farndale scored the match-winner.
New Zealand then suffered their heaviest defeat to Australia when losing 40-7 in the semi-finals play-off for fifth place.

In the other quarter-finals the United States beat Australia 31-14, England got a last-minute 17-12 win over series champions South Africa with a last minute try to Dan Norton while Canada beat Argentina 28-7.

Scotland then beat USA 21-14 while England beat Canada 24-5 to set-up a final between the old British rivals which Scotland won 12-7, to successfully defend the London title they won last year.

Scotland's captain Scott Riddell scored the winning try and said: "I'm absolutely elated. This sport is something that just grips you.

"It's so special and I'm so proud of the boys. I'm lost for words. We were under the pump and we just kept fighting and we took our chances. You couldn't write a script like that."

South Africa won the series while England were second, Fiji third and New Zealand fourth.