England into second consecutive sevens final

England are one win away from another title after beating the hosts 19-10 in the quarter finals of the South Africa Sevens and then Samoa in the Semi-finals.


Two John Brake tries, one by Isoa Damudamu and two conversions from captain Ben Gollings secured their place in the last four.


The last time these two sides met was in the bronze medal match at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where England were overtaken in the closing moments.


This time it was they who trailed at half time to tries from Cecil Afrika and Bernado Botha either side of half-back John Brake’s effort.


But they edged in front two minutes from time when Gollings converted a try from British Army forward Damudamu, then made sure with Brake’s second moments from time.


The result sets up a rematch of last weekend’s Dubai final with Samoa, who scored with the final play of the game to beat Wales 19-14. New Zealand meet Fiji in the other half of the draw.


It also guarantees England at least another 16 points to bank in the Sevens World Series rankings to add to the 24 earned by their title win in Dubai.


On the opening day of the tournament, they had beaten Kenya 21-5 and Russia 19-5 before a 20-7 defeat against New Zealand saw them finish second in Pool C.


Gollings, Brake and Damudamu scored the tries against Kenya with Dan Norton’s brace and Tom Powell’s effort seeing off Russia. Bristol wing Norton scored the only try against New Zealand.


Later in the day South Africa reached the Plate final with a last gasp 24-21 victory over Wales.


The Springbok Sevens team will now face Argentina in the plate final. On Friday South Africa beat Argentina 29-5.

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