Scotland claim maiden Sevens title after stunning final win over South Africa

Scotland launched a remarkable fightback to win the London Sevens against South Africa

Scotland claim maiden Sevens title after stunning final win over South Africa
Dougie Fife's double led Scotland to a 27-26 win over South Africa to win the London Sevens (image via: Steve Bardens/Getty)

In their first final, Scotland staged a magnificent comeback victory to down South Africa 27-26 at Twickenham

Dougie Fife scored two tries in the final 30 seconds of the match to claim the one point victory, just as it seemed they were to be beaten into second place in London

The win means that six different nations have tasted success over the ten legged Sevens World Series season, with five different winners over the past five events. 

Scots take first half lead despite Senatla return

It was the Blitzboks who took the lead in the opening minute, thanks to a usual suspect. Carrying an injury to his arm coming into the week, Seabelo Senatla has been used in patches by Neil Powell at Twickenham. Once it came to Cup final time, Powell utilised the leading try-scorer on the circuit this season from the off, and it only took Senatla two touches before he was under the posts for the game's first try. 

Scotland did not take long to resond though, and a small break from James Johnstone turned into a big one, once he fired the offload to Jamie Farndale who dived over in the corner to cut the deficit to two. 

The Scots then turned to an unusual mode of attack in Sevens, the driving maul. From a lineout close to the South Africans line, the Scots collected the ball, and formed the perfect five-man maul, with Scott Wright at the back of it and being awarded the try for the 10-7 half-time lead. 

Specman and Afrika put Boks in seeimgly unbeatable position

Having had the better of the first three minutes after the break, Scotland conceded a turnover at the breakdown, and were soon behind on the scoreboard. South Africa's three game-changers linked-up for the score, with Senatla first putting Cecil Afrika away before he popped the perfect pass to Rosko Specman who raced away to score. 

No sooner after had Afrika converted Specman's try, he was back in position for another successful attempt having scored a try of his own following an intercept on a failed inside-ball by the Scots. 

Scotland refused to lie down though, and were back within six points of the Boks, following a long break-out by James Fleming. The replacement winger managed to ground the ball despite the presence of Senatla and Afrika riding him to the try-line. Specman then added another try to extend the lead back-out, before the incredible ending which capped an incredible season. 

Fife double helps Scotland to remarkable comeback

With time running out, Scotland found space on the outisde, and used their overlap to perfection with Fife dummying his way past the final defender. His try put Scotland six points behind, and with Scott Wright's successful conversion, the deficit was down to just four. 

Dougie Fife claims the Player of the Final award (image via:

The full-time hooter had sounded and the only way Scotland were going to claim victory was to regain the kickoff. They managed to find the Springboks short and rolled the ball down the middle to the required ten metres before pouncing on the loose ball. 

A try was still needed though, and it took more than five phases to get into the 22. Once they were there, composure shone through the entire Scotland team, and they managed to get Fife in just enough space for him to power over for the tournament's winning try. 

The score marked joyous scenes for those at Twickenham, with one of the most remarkable comebacks imaginable complete. In the 3rd/4th place playoff, Perry Baker scored once more as the United States beat Fiji 26-19. 

Ioane's star again as New Zealand secure Plate

The Ioane brothers continue to go from strength to strength in the longer and shorter formats of the game. Having already played starring roles for the Blues over the last two seasons in Super Rugby, Akira and Rieko have turned their attentions to winning a Sevens medal at Rio this Summer, and it won't surprise anyone if they achieve their goal. 

Rieko notched ten tries in his six matches at Twickenham over the weekend, the last of which came in the Plate final success over Argentina

New Zealand claim the Plate competition (image via:

Having fallen behind to an early try from Javier Rojas, the All Blacks kicked into life with two quickfire tries from Teddy Stanaway and Regan Ware to lead at the break. 

The Ioane's then took over, with Rieko finishing off a move which involved Akira smashing his way through a couple of would-be defenders before supplying the final pass. 

Axel Muller pulled a score back for Argentina, before New Zealand took over again in the final stages, crossing twice through Gillies Kaka and Pita Akhi for a 29-14 win. 

Welsh secure Bowl success after seeing off Australia

Wales claimed victory in the Bowl final against Australia, prevailing 24-19 in a topsy-turvy affair. 

After John Porch had opened the scoring for the Wallabies, a yellow card to Frankie Winterstein opened the game up for Wales, and they took advantage, scoring twice through Rhodri Williams and Luke Treharne for a 12-7 lead just after the break. 

Tom Kingston then put the Australians back in the lead, before Ben Roach became scorer and then supplier in quick sucession, going over himself and then assisting a try to James Benjamin moments later.

Wales celebrate their Bowl success (image via:

Down 24-14, Australia could now no longer win, but they did score the game's final try when Pama Fou raced away to touch down beneath the posts. 

Kenya romp to Shield victory

The Kenyans proved to be much too strong for Russia in the Bowl final, scoring five tries in a 31-7 win. 

Kenya celebrate winnig the Shield at Twickenham (image via:

The first half saw them go 26 points ahead, with the new World Series record holder for tries, Collins Injera add two more to his tally, with Nelson Oyoo and Willy Ambaka also crossing before the break. 

Ramil Gaysin is now 234 tries behind Injera in his World Series career after scoring his first during the second half for Russia, with Oyoo adding his second of the match for Kenya, showing his blistering pace once more.