All Blacks Sevens end season on low note

All Blacks Sevens end season on low note

England started day two of the London Sevens with a quarter-final triumph over World Series champions South Africa, before registering a 24-5 victory against Canada in the semi-final. It's so special and I'm so proud of the boys.

England had eased past Canada 24-5.

But there seemed little prospect of even a draw at Twickenham as New Zealand surged into a 21-0 lead at half-time in Sunday's quarter-final thanks to tries from Sam Dickson, Fa'asiu Fuatai and Andrew Knewstubb.

Defeat meant that the US topped Pool A, leaving the Blitzboks to face hosts England in the last eight.

The Canadians finished eighth in the World Series standings.

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.

The biggest shock on the first day of competition in London has been the failure of Fiji to progress through the pool stage to the quarter finals, having lost two of its three pool games.

From there they beat the champion Springboks in the quarter-finals at rugby headquarters before getting the better of Canada in the last four of the cup, all before defeat to Scotland.

The Scots saw out a nervous final minute without too many alarms, Farndale running the ball out of play after the hooter.

In a thrilling final, the home side had gained the early initiative through a sensational try by Dan Norton after running in from inside his own half.

An assistant referee spotted eight players on the field for the New Zealand team and the Scots were awarded a penalty which led to a try.

"It says an bad 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".

Canada ensured their quarterfinal position with a 28-14 win against Japan and will meet Argentina in the quarters on Sunday.

"Today the guys wanted to go out and show just how much it means to play in an England shirt at Twickenham - to show their friends and family how proud they are to be part of this squad and I think they did that incredibly well".

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