/ 16 February 2009

England sinks Boks with speed in Sevens series

South Africa were eliminated in the semifinal of the IRB Sevens World Series in San Diego on Sunday when a brilliant England beat them 22-17 after trailing 0-12 after the first 90 seconds.

In the other semifinal Argentina, after leading 12-0, had to come from behind to beat hosts United States 19-14 right at the end.

South Africa were on the scoreboard from the kick-off after a 70m run and this was followed immediately by a try by his captain Mpho Mbiyozo for a 12-0 lead after 90 seconds.

But then near faultless rugby by England, played at tremendous speed, saw Ben Gollings and Ollie Phillips square it up at 12-all at the break, with tries by Tom Biggs and Phillips again putting England 10 points clear at 22-12.

Paul Delport made it 22-17 with 20 seconds remaining, and that was that for the outplayed Boks after a brilliant semifinal. — Sapa