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England Win Vancouver Sevens

Oceania Rugby, Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:46AM

It was the Dan Norton show in Vancouver on Sunday as England secured their second tournament win of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series after beating South Africa 19-7 in front of a huge Canadian crowd in BC Place.

 

The 28-year-old flyer won the DHL Impact Player, HSBC Player of the Final and drew level with Collins Injera of Kenya as the all-time leading try-scorer in series history having now run in 244 tries in his career.

 

He scored England’s final try in the all-important gold medal match against an impressive South Africa side that has now made it through to seven Cup finals in a row, and all six so far this season.

 

Simon Amor's side are now the only team on the series to beat the Blitzboks twice in the 2016-17 season and it puts them into second position overall on the series table with 103 points, 23 behind South Africa who have four tournament wins to their name.

 

Fiji finished third after a thrilling 28-24 win over USA in the Bronze final, while Wales claimed the Challenge Trophy with a 19-12 victory over Samoa.

 

But overall, the winner this weekend has been the HSBC Canada Sevens 2017 itself, which is being viewed as an outstanding success. Remarkably, the tournament attracted more than 76,000 spectators over the two days in just its second year and the level of fan engagement, enthusiasm and excitement generated in the stunning BC Place stadium was a great sign for the future success of the event. 

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Results Day 1

 

Pool B: Argentina 24 Samoa 19, Fiji 34 Wales 19, Fiji 19 Samoa 12, Wales 21 Samoa 14, Argentina 26 Fiji 24, Wales 21 Argentina 14.

Pool C:  Australia 12 France 7, Australia 36 Japan 7, USA 29 Australia 5

 

Pool D: New Zealand 40 Russia 0, New Zealand 33 Scotland 12, New Zealand 15 Canada 14

 

Results Day 2

 

Cup Quarter-Finals: Fiji 28 Australia 10, USA 14 Argentina 12, South Africa 36 Canada 7, England 14 New Zealand 12.

Cup Semi-Finals: South Africa 14 USA 10, England 40 Fiji 7.

Cup Final: England 19 South Africa 7

Bronze Final: Fiji 28 USA 24

 

5th Place Semi-Final: New Zealand 21 Australia 0

5th Place Final: New Zealand 17 Argentina 14

Trophy Quarter-Finals: Samoa 26 France 21

Trophy Final: Wales 19 Samoa 12

Last updated: Monday March 13, 2017 2:51PM
Author: Greg Thomas

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