England clinch HSBC Canada Rugby Sevens in Vancouver over South Africa @canadasevens @worldrugby

Tom Mitchell, England is held up by a flying tackle from Cecil Africa, South Africa in the final of the HSBC Canada Sevens at BC Place, Vancouver.
© J. Ashley Nixon

England clinched their second win of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Canada on Sunday. In a thrilling final game against South African, they ran in three tries to one at BC Place, Vancouver. With wins in Dubai, Wellington, Sydney and Las Vegas under their belts, the South Africa Rugby 7s were well-placed to take their fifth trophy.

Siviwe Soyizwapi scores for South Africa versus England in the final of the HSBC Canada Sevens at BC Place, Vancouver.
© J. Ashley Nixon

The Blitzboks began well with a try out on the left by speed merchant, Siviwe Soyizwapi. It was his fourth in the weekend of festival rugby played in front of over 76,000 fans.

Richard de Carpentier, opens up the scoring with a try for England against South Africa in the final of the HSBC Canada Sevens at BC Place, Vancouver.
© J. Ashley Nixon

England came back with a score from Richard de Carpentier on the other side of the pitch, storming through a couple of tackles as he crashed the line with the clock held at zero. With both tries converted it was seven points each going into the half time.

Dan Bibby scored England’s second try under the posts thanks to his superbly weighted fly kick down the middle of the pitch. Mitchell put over a simple drop goal, his second, to make it 14-7.

Dan Norton scores England’s third try in the final against South Africa at the HSBC Canada Sevens, BC Place, Vancouver.
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Dan Norton broke tackles and sprinted down the left touchline to get England’s third and his own 244th try, equalling Kenya’s Collins Injera’s record for most tries scored, ever, in the HSBC World Rugby Series competition. England controlled the ball in the closing moments of the game -some might say for too long- with a carefully crafted line out but it was enough to keep the lead.

Ball possession at the lineout by England in the closing moments of their final game against South Africa in the final of the HSBC Canada Sevens at BC Place, Vancouver.
© J. Ashley Nixon

As England celebrated their win in Vancouver, the coaching staff commented on how they were going to find a seat to get the big, beautiful Coastal First Nations cedar-carved trophy onto the plane back home. A nice problem to solve. Next stop in the series, Hong Kong, April 7-9.

The England team celebrate their win against South Africa in the cup final of the HSBC Canada Sevens at BC Place, Vancouver.
© J. Ashley Nixon

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