Scotland stun England to seal second successive London Sevens crown
- Author: Lawrence Cooper May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 8:07
And after his last tournament as coach before joining the Edinburgh Rugby set-up, MacRae couldn't hide his delight at his troops' display.
The All Blacks Sevens had a disastrous end to their sevens campaign in London, fielding an extra player against Scotland in the quarter-finals which cost them a semi-final spot overnight.
"Today the guys wanted to go out and show just how much it means to play in an England shirt at Twickenham - to show their friends and family how proud they are to be part of this squad and I think they did that incredibly well".
England had eased past Canada 24-5.
However, Scotland produced a remarkable rally to score four unanswered tries in the second period, two each for Dougie Fife and Jamie Farndale, secured a breathtaking 24-21 win.
Canada beat United States of America 22-19 to take bronze in the series finale, while Olympic champions Fiji finished third in the overall standings.
Having lost to South Africa in the final of the Paris Sevens last week, Scotland went one step further in London thanks to second-half tries from Hugh Blake and Scott Riddell.
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The Springbok Sevens team earlier won the fifth-place playoff against Australia to end the season with a win, but it was their solid performances throughout the year that brought them glory.
Fiji, victor of the previous two World Series, was second in the standings after winning at Hong Kong in March, but faded with quarter-final exits in Singapore and Paris, and didn't even get that far here. "This was a huge effort, and I am a very proud South African and Springbok Sevens player tonight".
New Zealand beat Canada 19-14 only after Joe Webber tracked down Canada's Jones metres from the line.
Earlier, England knocked South Africa out of the Cup competition, winning their quarter-final encounter 17-12 as Dan Norton scored in the dying seconds of the match to bring the home side a win in front of their fans.
"With a bit more time together this week we are hoping to do even better in the final tournament of the series".
Canada ensured their quarterfinal position with a 28-14 win against Japan and will meet Argentina in the quarters on Sunday. The Singapore champions took the game to the South Americans and two tries from Nathan Hiryama and one from Mike Fuailefau and Justin Douglas put the game beyond reach.