Nor­ton equals tryscorer record

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Dan Nor­ton scored a record-equalling 244th try as Eng­land came from be­hind to de­feat South Africa 19-7 to clinch the Canada Sev­ens crown on Sun­day.

Eng­land wing Nor­ton scored late in the sec­ond half to cap a su­perb Eng­land vic­tory at Van­cou­ver’s BC Place Sta­dium in the sixth leg of World Rugby’s In­ter­na­tional Sev­ens Cir­cuit.

Nor­ton’s score left him level with Kenya’s Collins In­jera as the all-time lead­ing tryscorer in world sev­ens.

“It’s been a surreal two days,” Nor­ton said.

“It’s some­thing I never felt I’d be in a po­si­tion to do but I owe it to the team-mates who helped me get into try-scor­ing po­si­tions over the years,” Nor­ton said of his record.

Eng­land’s win saw them close the gap on series lead­ers South Africa, who top the stand­ings with 126 points head­ing into the sev­enth leg of the series in Hong Kong next month. Eng­land are now sec­ond with 103 points.

South Africa’s dis­ap­point­ment in de­feat was com­pounded by what looked like a po­ten­tially se­ri­ous ham­string in­jury to key play­maker Roscko Spec­man, who pulled up sud­denly in the sec­ond half be­fore leav­ing the field.

South Africa, who de­feated hosts Canada in the quar­ter­fi­nals be­fore down­ing the United States 14-10 in the semis, dom­i­nated the early ex­changes of the fi­nal and took the lead af­ter a jink­ing run by Spec­man.

Spec­man’s burst scat­tered the English de­fence and Siviwe Soy­izwapi dot­ted down from close range.

Eng­land had bat­tled past New Zealand in the quar­ter-fi­nals be­fore dis­man­tling Olympic cham­pi­ons Fiji 40-7 to book their place in the fi­nal.

How­ever they were kept at bay by some fe­ro­cious South African de­fence in the first half. But on the stroke of half-time, Eng­land’s pres­sure told.

Richard De Car­pen­tier gal­loped clear down the right flank and tram­pled over the cov­er­ing Spec­man be­fore scram­bling to his feet to lunge over for the score.

Skip­per Tom Mitchell added the con­ver­sion from out wide to make it 7-7 at half-time.

Eng­land then took the lead in the open­ing minute of the sec­ond half when Dan Bibby clev­erly gath­ered his own grub­ber for a con­verted score to make it 14-7.

Eng­land then forced a turnover to launch a sweep­ing counter-at­tack which cul­mi­nated with Nor­ton go­ing over in the cor­ner to seal the win.

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