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Rugby: England top in Tokyo, leapfrog Australia in race to Rio

England won their first Cup title since the Wellington Sevens in 2013. Photo: World Rugby / Martin Seras Lima.

England won their first Cup title since the Wellington Sevens in 2013. Photos: World Rugby / Martin Seras Lima.

April 5, 2015: England won their first Cup title since the 2013 Wellington Sevens by beating South Africa 21-14 in the final of the Tokyo Sevens, round seven of the nine-leg HSBC Sevens World Series. (For full Tokyo Sevens results, visit: www.worldrugby.org/sevens-series/stage/1549/results)

 

Simon Amor’s first win as coach lifted England above Australia – who lost to USA in the third-tier Bowl final – and into the top four for the first time since December’s Dubai Sevens. The top four at the end of the 2014/15 series will qualify for the Olympics, with the race concluding in Glasgow (May 9-10) and London (May 16-17).

 

A week earlier, Australia had extended their lead over England to six points after winning the Plate in Hong Kong, but Amor’s side sounded a huge statement of intent in Japan.

 

“The way the guys fought for that win was brilliant,” Amor said. “It’s fantastic for us and a great climax for to go back to the UK now. I am so proud for the players. They’ve worked so hard for this.”

 

Tom Mitchell on his way to scoring against South Africa in the Cup final.

Tom Mitchell on his way to scoring against South Africa in the Cup final.

South Africa extended their lead at the top, having earlier beaten Fiji in the Cup semi-final, and now stand on 129 points, four ahead of Fiji and nine ahead of New Zealand, who won the Plate after suffering a shock first-ever loss to Canada in the quarter-finals.

 

Hosts Japan, appearing in their first Cup competition since 2000, gained 10 points and moved within eight points of Portugal at the bottom of the table, with the European side winning the Shield.

 

The 15th-placed side after London will be relegated and replaced by Russia, who qualified a week earlier in Hong Kong.

 

Source: HSBC Sevens World Series (www.worldrugby.org/sevens-series); Editing by SportAsia

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