First-time win­ners Scot­land cel­e­brates

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Lon­don: Scot­land beat South Africa 27-26 in the fi­nal of the Lon­don Sevens, to win their first ever World Rugby Sevens Se­ries ti­tle.

Scot­land scored two tries in the fi­nal minute to snatch vic­tory from the jaws of de­feat and en­sure that their first-ever Cup fi­nal ap­pear­ance on the World Rugby Sevens Sevens Se­ries ended in cel­e­bra­tion, break­ing South African hearts in the process with a 27-26 vic­tory. The Scots, who had ear­lier beaten hosts Eng­land and de­fend­ing Lon­don Sevens champions USA to reach the fi­nal, looked out of it af­ter Rosko Spec­man raced away to score his sec­ond try to put South Africa 26-15 ahead, but then came the re­mark­able fin­ish.

First they cre­ated space for Dougie Fife to score in the fi­nal minute to keep their hopes alive and then man­aged to win the restart, keep­ing their com­po­sure with good work from James Flem­ing and cap­tain Scott Wight be­fore Fife saw his change, round­ing the de­fence to spark the cel­e­bra­tions.

Scot­land had edged a tight first half 10-7 af­ter tries from Jamie Farn­dale and Wight, the lat­ter com­ing from the un­usual sight of a driv­ing maul, but tries in quick suc­ces­sion from Speck­man and Ce­cil Afrika looked to have swung the fi­nal in South Africa’s favour. James Flem­ing and Spec­man then traded tries, but few in the Twick­en­ham crowd knew what an ex­cit­ing fin­ish they were in for.

“I’m ec­static, it hasn’t re­ally sunk in at the mo­ment,” ad­mit­ted Wight, who re­vealed Scot­land had had photos of re­cent Cup win­ners Kenya and Samoa on the wall all week as mo­ti­va­tion. Scot­land’s win means there have been six dif­fer­ent win­ners in 10 rounds this season with se­ries champions Fiji and New Zealand win­ning three each and South Africa, Kenya, and Samoa also one. World Rugby

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