England edge Kiwis in thriller
24 May 2009
Micky Young’s extra-time try gave England a 31-26 win in an enthralling final at Twickenham.
Trailing 19-0 at half time, England scored three unanswered tries of their own to level the game. With time almost up New Zealand looked to have broken the home fans’ hearts when they scored under the posts.
But the hosts were not done yet as a brilliant solo effort by the lightning quick Dan Norton saw England draw level with time up to force extra time.
England started the extra time the better of the two teams and pegged the Kiwis deep in their own half and in the end Young’s try was enough to earn his side maximum points from their home tournament.
Earlier in the day New Zealand knocked South Africa out of the London Sevens when they ran out 10-5 victors in the first of the day’s semi-finals.
In a heated encounter with a fair bit of niggle, New Zealand grabbed the first try of the game through Solomon King just before half time.
The kiwis extended their lead early in the second stanza through Kurt Baker before Gio Aplon got South Africa back in the contest with time running out after some good work from Vuyo Zangqa.
Tomasi Cama was binned with time up, but South Africa couldn’t take advantage of their numerical advantage and New Zealand managed to hang on for the win.
South Africa will now have to wait until Murrayfield next week where a minimum points haul will seal their first ever IRB Sevens World Series title.
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