England Miss Out on Commonwealth 7s Medal

Ben Ryan’s England 7s side were left fighting over the bronze medal with South Africa after being swept aside by an impressive New Zealand side who have gone on to beat Australia in the final to take Gold by 24 – 17.

South Africa flew out of the blocks with a superb try from kick off but England came back at them straight away as Matt Turner showed great strength to get over the line, Gollings adding the extras.  England had another chance as Saracen’s Kevin Barrett broke through the midfield but a knock on from Damudamu on the line gave South Africa the scrum.  A messy set piece and ruck saw England win possession and the put in to a reset scrum in the same position and Danny Caprise was on hand to dance his way through to give England a 14-5 lead at half time.

The second half started scrappily but it was South Africa who finally crossed the line after 4 minutes without a score.  Cecil Afrika ripping the ball out of a tackle and chipping down the short side where the ball sat up nicely for him to score and convert.   The Springboks then managed to cross the line again but without the conversion there was just one minute left for England to try and take their chance with just three points in it.

A desperate last attempt from Ben Gollings created the two on one down the touchline but his pass was knocked on and despite England shoving South Africa off the final scrum, the referee deemed there was a penalty offence and with no more time on the clock the game was over and the Bronze medallists in waiting booted the ball out to seal England’s disappointment.  Final score South Africa 17 England 14.