Scotland beats South Africa to win London Sevens
By Eric Njiru | Sun 22 May, 2016 20:35

Scotland won their first ever sevens series cup by beating Cape Town winners South Africa 27-26 in the London Sevens final on Sunday evening at Twickenham Stadium. 

South Africa finished second with 171 points after bagging 19 in London while Scotland moved to 10th with 87 point mark.

Quick passes

In the semis Scotland saw off Mike Friday’s defending champions USA 24-17 as South Africa beat Fiji 26-21.

Francois Hougaard turned over the ball and South Africa were away, a few phases later and Kyle Brown released Seabelo Senatla and there was no stopping the top try-scorer in the 2015-16 series. But first-time finalists Scotland hit back immediately through Jamie Farndale.

They'd only ever beaten South Africa in series events in Scotland, but it about to change with Scotland holding a narrow lead at half-time in their first-ever Cup final after tries from Jamie Farndale and Scott Wight.

Scotland were all over Seabelo Senatla whenever he got the ball so two quick passes from Kyle Brown and Cecil Afrika got the ball away to a flying Rosko Specman to give the Blitzboks the lead again.

Won the restart 

It's game on again as James Fleming somehow managed to get the ball down with Cecil Afrika and Seabelo Senatla on him, rolling over to dot the ball down. The conversion was missed but it was a six-point game with three minutes to go.

Just when it looked as though Rosko Specman had put the match beyond Scotland, they found another gear and created space out wide for Dougie Fife to set up a tense finale. 

They crucially won the restart and managed to work their way towards the line, and it's that man again as Fife found the gap to spark the Scottish celebrations at ending their first HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Cup final appearance with the title.

Eric Njiru
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