England win round four of HSBC Sevens World Series after thrilling final
Sunday, 03 February 2013
February 3 - England put on their best performance of the season as they won round four of HSBC Sevens World Series in Wellington after holding off Kenya in a final that saw them claim a 24-19 sudden death victory in extra time.
At the business end of the fascinating Hertz Sevens tournament, England saw off and the tournament's form side Samoa 21-19 in the semi-final while Kenya shocked hosts New Zealand 19-14 in the last four to reach only their second ever International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens Cup final.
Kenya continued their stunning form in the final and led England 19-12 with seconds just remaining.
But with time almost up, England captain Tom Powell's converted try drew the two sides level at 19-19.
It was then England's 20-year old Sam Edgerley, who was playing his first sevens tournament for his country, to pounced in sudden death in extra time to seal victory.
"It is just fantastic, I am overwhelmed to be honest," said Edgerley following his match winning try.
"It is my first tournament win for England and I am the proudest man in the world.
"We had a really good build up to this.
"We didn't have the best start to the season so we made a promise to ourselves; we made a promise to get out of it and we did."
In reaching the final, Kenya have risen to second in the HSBC Sevens World Series standings, 21 points behind leaders New Zealand, while England's maximum haul from Wellington takes them up to eighth.
Elsewhere in the Hertz Sevens tournament, New Zeeland took third as the hosts claimed a 17-7 win over Samoa.
Australia won the Plate by beating Scotland 22-7, Canada took the Bowl in beating Fiji 28-19 and Wales claimed the Shield with a 26-21 win over Tonga.