As has been well publicised at this rate, England rugby is on the crest of a wave. Eddie Jones’ troops have gone the entire year unbeaten and are many people’s picks to win consecutive Grand Slams at the Six Nations. It would appear that such positivity is beginning to seep into the fortunes of their compatriots playing seven-a-side.
The second round of the World Rugby Sevens Series took place in Cape Town on the weekend, the final pitting hosts South Africa against England. And it didn’t disappoint. As play entered the final minute, England held a seven point lead, ever a precarious position in rugby. A high-tackle from Dan Norton earned him a yellow card, and thus afforded South Africa a one man advantage with just 15 seconds left.
The Blitzboks took advantage, as they crossed for a try right at the death. Thus, the ultimate grandstand finish ensued, as Justin Geduld’s lined up the conversion with literally ‘0:00’ on the match clock. However, Geduld’s effort tailed wide, and England took the honours on South African soil.
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