South Africa win London Sevens

Sat, 21 May 21:08:00 2011

South Africa beat Fiji 24-14 to win the London Sevens at Twickenham as New Zealand secured enough points to clinch the World Series title.

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South Africa's victory in London means the race for second place in the Series behind the Kiwis, beaten 42-19 by Fij in the semi-finals, will be a four-way battle at next weekend's Edinburgh Sevens involving England (121), South Africa (116), Samoa (112) and Fiji (110).

Gareth Davies, Jevon Groves and Alex Cuthbert were the Wales try-scorers as they beat France 19-12 in the quarter-finals but they went down 21-19 to South Africa in the semi-finals.

South Africa took control of the semi with tries from Johannes Prinsloo (2) and Bernado Botha. Groves and Cuthbert and Kristian Phillips scored Wales' tries but Gareth Davies could not convert the latter one to take the tie into extra time.

Meanwhile, Scotland claimed four Series points by beating Kenya 21-19 in the Bowl final and England ended a disappointing weekend by beating Portugal 22-7 in the Shield final.

Scotland beat Spain 19-17 to reach the Bowl final with tries from Peter Horne (2) and Andrew Turnbull. In the final Turnbull's late try levelled the scores and Horne's conversion clinched victory.

England, having suffered a shock 19-17 defeat against Kenya at the start of the day when Lavin Asego's last-gasp try sank them, beat Canada 22-14 with tries from Nick Royle, James Rodwell, Dan Norton and John Brake to set up their Shield final meeting with Portugal.

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