London Sevens: Baker stuns Kiwis, while Scotland knock-out hosts during Twickenham quarter-finals

Scotland will meet the United States in the semi-final of the Cup competition at the London Sevens after impressive victories in the quarter-finals

London Sevens: Baker stuns Kiwis, while Scotland knock-out hosts during Twickenham quarter-finals
Perry Baker scored four in the United States win over New Zealand (image via:

In the Cup quarter-finals at the London Sevens, three of Saturday's pool winners were defeated at Twickenham in an exciting morning session.

England, New Zealand and France were all undefeated on day one of the competition, but fell at the first hurdle on final's day, with only South Africa continuing their 100% record through four matches. 

Pool winners England and France soundly beaten to drop to Plate 

Hosts England enjoyed an excellent first day, topping their pool with three wins from three. They failed to carry that good form with them into Sunday though, losing 17-0 at the hands of rivals Scotland

In a scrappy first half, the Scots were the only side to score, with winger Damien Hoyland finding himself in plenty of space to touch down in the corner.

It was much of the same after the break for England, who just could not got anything going in attack despite the presence of flyers Dan Norton and Marcus Watson on the field together. Scotland had much of the possession, and they made it count late on, scoring twice more through James Fleming and Mark Robertson

Despite winning their pool on day one, France went into their quarter-final as outsiders, and the game was played to form with the overall Series champions Fiji winning 40-7 despite trailing early on. 

Fiji opened the scoring through Viliame Mata, before Artur Retiere's try saw France take the lead following the successful conversion. 

The try of the round was then finished off by Jerry Tuwai as Fiji regained the lead, following some audacious offloads from all seven members of the team, before Virimi Vakatawa was sent to the sin-bin for France for a dangerous tackle.

Kitione Taliga in action on day one at Twickenham (image via:

The second half belonged exclusively to the Fijians and their startling breakway capabilities. Jasa Veremalua, Kitione Taliga, Waisea Nayacalevu and Amenoni Nasilasila all scored tries thanks to long run-ins as the French defence continued to tire. 

Baker hits New Zealand for four to grab semi spot

The third quarter-final saw a masterclass in finishing from the United States' Perry Baker. Baker scored four of his teams six tries in a highly impressive 42-14 win over New Zealand.

The Kiwis twice took the lead in the first half through Rieko Ioane and Lewis Ormond, only for Baker to reply on both occassions. 

Mike Friday's men then ran away with the game in the second-half, scoring four unanswered tries, with Baker scoring twice more and Madison Hughes and Ben Pinkelman also crossing. 

South Africa were the only pool winner to progress to the Cup semi-final, after they snuck past Argentina 21-19. 

Cecil Afrika in action for South Africa at Twickenham (image via:

Having built a 21-7 lead at the break thanks to tries from Chris Dry, Rosko Specman and Cecil Afrika, the Blitzboks conceded twice in the latter stages to Santiago Cordero and Javier Rojas, yet Rojas could not convert his own try meaning the Pumas fell two points short. 

Playmakers spark Bowl Quarter-finals

Early on day two, the four Bowl quarter-finals took place, with each winner prevailing behind a starring performance from their playmaker. 

In the first encounter of the day, Harry Jones was crucial in Canada's 19-7 victory over the Brazilians. Jones scored one try as well as putting on assists for Justin Douglas and John Moonlight as Canada move on to the Bowl semi-finals. 

Jones and his teammates will face Wales in the next round, after they came through a thrilling enounter with Kenya. Having taken a 14-0 lead, Wales then conceded three tries in quick succession to the Kenynans, before scoring the winner in the dying moments through Rhodri Williams

Samoa also moved into the semi-finals, after beating Russia 22-17. Tilo Mealoi assisted three tries for the Samoans who scored the winning try on the full-time hooter through Ed Fidow despite being down to six men following a yellow card to Siaosi Asofolau.  

In the final Bowl quarter-final, Australia saw off the challenge of Portugal, winning 17-12 thanks to tries from Frankie Winerstein, Sam Figg and Henry Hutchinson