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England won their first Cup title since Tokyo 2015 with a 19-17 win over hosts South Africa. At the Cape Town Sevens, Simon Amor’s team just secured the win despite a last minute try by Werner Kok and a yellow card for record breaker Dan Norton. However, a missed conversion by Justin Geduld ensured the victory on late Sunday afternoon.
England captain Tom Mitchell said: “It was a tough tournament, to back up last weekend in Dubai, but I am so proud of the boys. We trained all summer and this makes it all worth it. We were a bit disappointed last weekend and we wanted to put it right. It’s been a bumpy road, but it always is. It was a pleasure to play in this stadium.”
In a gripping final, Blitzbok Chris Dry scored the first try of the match before Richard de Carpentier hit back immediately to give England a 7-5 lead. Dan Norton added another try to make the scores 12-5 at half-time.
In the second half Rosko Specman, scored again for South Africa, but HSBC player of the final Ruaridh McConochie gave England another lead.
Norton’s yellow card allowed South Africa once more to find a gap in the defence but the missed conversion gave England the win.
England close the gap on series leaders South Africa, finishing the first two rounds on 39, two behind South Africa but ahead of Fiji (32), Scotland and New Zealand (both 27).
Earlier in the semi-finals England beat Scotland 33-14, while South Africa overcame New Zealand 14-7. The All Blacks Sevens finished the day with a 24-19 win against Scotland in the Bronze final.
The next round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series takes place in Wellington, New Zealand on 28 and 29 January, 2017.