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Friday 23 February, 2018
Scotland Do The London Double As South Africa Lift Series Trophy

Scotland Do The London Double As South Africa Lift Series Trophy

Scotland defeated England in an scintillating HSBC London Sevens final on Sunday as South Africa were officially crowned series champions. Captain Scott Riddell scored the winner as they beat the auld enemy 12-5 to raise the trophy in London for the second year in a row. Callum McCrea's men earlier made history by becoming the first Scottish team to beat a New Zealand team in their history. Speaking afterwards, the head coach said: "I'm very, very pleased with the effort from the boys. We've learned from a poor final against South Africa last week (in Paris). This week we dusted ourselves off and came back. It was a different mindset as holders."
Canada claimed bronze after beating USA 22-19, and the Challenge Trophy was won by Fiji, who beat Wales, 26-14. England finished second in the series standings with the Olympic Games Champions Fiji finishing third overall this season.

Meanwhile, the annual Sevens Awards ceremony took place in Twickenham after the HSBC London Sevens. The winners were:

Rookie of the Year: Matias Osadczuk (Argentina)

Fair Play Award (From Referees): South Africa

DHL Impact Player Award: Sam Cross (Wales)

Tag Heuer "Dont Crack Under Pressure" Award: Tom Mitchell (England v Scotland, Dubai)

The following players were selected for the HSBC Dream Team: Perry Baker (USA), Jerry Tuwai (Fiji), Danny Barrett (USA), Rosko Specman (South Africa), Kalione Nasoko (Fiji) Chris Dry (South Africa) and Dan Norton (England)


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