England won their first Cup title since the 2013 Wellington Sevens, beating South Africa 21-14 in the final of the Tokyo Sevens, round seven of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Stout defence and brilliant individual tries from Charlie Hayter, Tom Mitchell and Phil Burgess provided the foundations of an enthralling win to put England back into the top four in the standings for the first time since before the Dubai Sevens and have a nine point lead over Australia who lost in the Bowl final to USA.

"The way the guys fought for that win was brilliant,"  enthused England coach Simon Amor after his side's win. "It's fantastic for us and a great climax for us to go back to the UK now. I am so proud for the players, they've worked so hard for this."

Runners-up South Africa extend their lead at the top having earlier beaten Fiji in the Cup semi final with the Blitzboks on 129 points, four ahead of Fiji and nine ahead of New Zealand who won the Plate.  The top four at the end of the nine rounds will qualify for the Olympics.

Hosts Japan, appearing in their first Cup competition since 2000 gain 10 points and move 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 last week in Hong Kong.

Earlier on day two, Canada recorded history beating New Zealand for the first time while England defeated Canada 14-5 in their semi final.

While Hayter established an early 7-0 lead for Simon Amor's side, before a converted try to Burgess ended Canada's promising tournament run, after they had earlier recorded an historic first-ever win over New Zealand in the quarter finals.


A first-half brace to Sherwin Stowers helped New Zealand to a consolation 21-14 win in the Plate final over Scotland. Lee Jones and Colin Gregor, overtaking Waisale Serevi in the all-time leading points scorers tally, kept the Scots in the match with a try apiece either side of the break to level but Dylan Collier broke the deadlock after the hooter had sounded.

Earlier Scotland ended Japan's tournament 14-5. Tries to Gregor and James Fleming proved too much for the hosts despite Shunya Goto giving the home side a chance before half time.

New Zealand beat France 19-12, aStowers try either side of half time providing the spark for the All Blacks Sevens after Les Blues had taken an early 7-0 lead through Steeve Barry. Beaudine Waaka and Julien Candelon traded tries in the second half, but Gordon Tietjens' side progressed.


The USA beat Australia 17-12 in sudden-death extra-time with Perry Baker scoring the decisvie try in the corner in an enthralling Bowl final.

Geraint John's Australia led the Eagles 12-5 at half time after tries to Pama Fou and Ed Jenkins before Danny Barrett brought his side back into the match levelling the scores at 12-12  with a breakaway try up the midfield.

"I can't ask anymore of this team they battled and fought right to end and eventually we outlasted the Aussies," said Madison Hughes. "From one to 12 we showed great heart. I am so proud to be part of this team."

Earlier, Australia secured a last-gasp 17-12 win over Wales to reach the final while the USA beat Samoa 22-5, Carlin Isles scoring a brace for Mike Friday's side and captain Hughes Danny Barrett also contributing five-pointers.


A second half fight back from Portugal led by Pedro Leal handed them a 12-7 win after Argentina took the early advantage through German Schulz. It was a perfectly executed kick-and-chase try to Leal followed up by a Jose Vareta solo effort handing the Portuguese a deserved win. 

Portugal head coach Pedro Netto was pleased to end the weekend on a high: "It's a trophy and three points. We've worked hard for this and it's good to get some silverware. We can only be concerned with ourselves and see what happens in Scotland."

Earlier Portugal  beat a gutsy Hong Kong 19-17 as the game went down to the wire while Segundo Tuculet picked up a hat-trick as Los Pumas made their way to the Shield final with a 17-12 win over Kenya.