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England wins World Sevens tournament

By Michael Crutcher 02/02/2003 09:01:25 PM Comments (0)

Giant-killer England, with former rugby league international Henry Paul, stunned tournament favourites Fiji and New Zealand to win the Ballymore leg of the World Rugby Sevens on Sunday night.

Paul made two decisive breaks in the final as England beat crowd favourites Fiji 28-14 to follow its surprise 19-14 victory over tournament favourite New Zealand in the semi-final.

Australia, with Wallaby Chris Latham and Lote Tuqiri scoring tries, defeated Samoa 47-12 to claim the consolation Plate final after the home team's hopes of winning the main prize were ruined in a quarter-final loss to Fiji.

Player of the tournament Ben Gollings, nicknamed "Dobby" by his English teammates because of his apparent likeness to the elf from the Harry Potter film series, sealed the final when he ran 40 metres to score with two minutes remaining.

The small but loyal band of English supporters among the 11,000-strong crowd roared when Gollings slipped through a gap on the blindside to deliver the final blow to the tired Fijians.

"It's a great feeling because no one expected anything from us," Gollings said.

"In the last couple of tournaments we didn't perform to our best so to beat those teams today has been incredible."

England opened the final day of the tournament with a win over Samoa in the quarter-finals, setting up a possible final clash with Australia.

But Australia lost its way against Fiji, failing to recover from the loss of Brock James, who was sent from the field after earning his second yellow card in the 12-7 result.

Australia had hoped for maximum points from the Brisbane leg to boost its chances of winning the overall World Sevens series, which continues with tournaments in Wellington, Chile and Hong Kong in the next two months.

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