Highlights from the 2017 London Sevens

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Laidlaw may have gleaned some joy from the Twickenham tournament, with Scotland pipping England 12-7 in a tension-filled final.

Both Fiji and Samoa have ended the World Rugby Sevens series on a very low note, with the Fijians putting in their worst performance for three years, taking just eight points from the tenth and final leg in London, while Samoa could manage only three. Trailing 21-0 at half-time it seemed like that sorry statistic had the shelf life of atomic waste. They kept playing and clawed their way back into contention.

Only the Kiwis and England, which hasn't won its home event since 2009, finished the first day unbeaten.

The Canadians wrapped up pool play with a 28-14 win over Japan and advanced to the Cup quarter-finals after the All Blacks beat Fiji 27-21.

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The Blitzboks scored again though to retake the lead before Australia closed the gap to make it 21-17 through Alex Gibbon before Rosko Specman closed it out for South Africa with a runaway try on full-time.

Things got even better for the Scots, when following a turnover in their own territory, they recycled the ball wide where Scott Riddell had just enough pace to score in the corner.

Dan Norton is chasing United States's Perry Baker for the series top try scorer and he narrowed the lead by scoring two against an Australian side that were much improved since Paris. The two former Melrose players are bowing out and both were hugely influential through the weekend, Robertson being named player of the final after being involved in setting up both tries.

"There's an bad lot of credit that goes to the players and the staff".

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"We're really, really pleased to get second in the World Series", head coach Simon Amor told CNN.

"And then we had the chance to beat the current World Champions at the end and for all bar the last 30 seconds, I thought we were going to win that. We know we can score tries but this cup was won by the way we defended today".

The biggest shock on the first day of competition in London has been the failure of Fiji to progress through the pool stage to the quarter finals, having lost two of its three pool games.

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