Tokyo Sevens: South Africa rally to beat New Zealand; England lift Bowl

Last Updated: 31/03/13 1:56pm

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South Africa: Victory in Tokyo takes them into second place in the overall standings

South Africa: Victory in Tokyo takes them into second place in the overall standings

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South Africa claimed the Toyko Sevens title with a thrilling 24-19 victory over New Zealand in the final.

It looked like New Zealand would avenge their loss to the same opponents in the fifth round of the season in the United States last month when they led 12-0 at the break.

However South Africa stunned their opponents in the second half, Cecil Afrika, Seabelo Senatla and Cornal Hendricks all crossing for tries while Branco du Preez kicked nine points.

Their success means Paul Treu's side now have 100 points for the campaign, meaning they move above Fiji into second place. New Zealand still lead the way on 132.

Australia, who saw their hopes of retaining their Tokyo title dashed by their trans-Tasman rivals in the semi-finals, finished third after defeating France 31-7 in a play-off.

Meanwhile, England lifted their second successive Bowl trophy thanks to a 38-0 thrashing of Argentina, Dan Norton crossing twice to take his overall tournament tally to 10.

He had earlier scored a hat-trick against Wales, though England needed a crucial conversion from Christian Lewis-Pratt to triumph 21-19 in a hard-fought semi-final.

Scotland won 21-19 over the United States in the Plate final to join their opponents in a tie for 12th in the overall table on 46 points apiece. Canada came from 7-0 behind to beat hosts Japan to lift the Shield.

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