England halt Blitzboks juggernaut to win Vancouver Sevens

England Sevens celebrating the win
England Sevens celebrating the win
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England Sevens came up with a convincing performance in the final to defeat Blitzboks by 19-7 thereby claiming the Vancouver Sevens.

This is also England's second title victory in the ongoing World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17 after previously winning the Cape Town Sevens while the remaining four have been won by South Africa.

England now move to second position in the overall table with 103 points, displacing Fiji, who have three points less while South Africa continue to top the table with 126 points.

Siviwe Soyizwapi got South Africa off the mark with an early try but Richard de Carpentier helped England bounce back with a try of his own levelling the scores 7-7 at the end of the first half.

Dan Bibby upped the ante for England in the second half and a conversion from Tom Mitchell raised the lead to seven points following which HSBC Player of the Final Dan Norton crossed over to seal a 12 point win for Simon Amor's team in the final.

"Sevens can be unforgiving. We've played well at times this season and haven't come away with wins so it's nice to get reward for our efforts. We've still got a way to go on the series so we will cherish this moment but know we have to keep pushing for Hong Kong," said Norton.

Fiji claimed the third position in the tournament after defeating USA 24-28 in a tight encounter in the Bronze Final while New Zealand won the fifth place after surpassing Argentina with a 14-17 win. Wales won the Challenge Trophy final after defeating Samoa 12-19.

 

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