Sofolarin sinks former team England in Cape Town Sevens

CAPE TOWN (AFP) – Femi Sofolarin’s switch of allegiance proved painful for England when the teenager scored the winning try for Scotland against his old team on the first day of the Cape Town leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series on Friday.

Sofolarin, who played for England earlier this year but was able to switch countries because he is still under 20, clinched a surprise 26-24 win for his new team.

There were only three seconds left after Harry Glover scored a long-range try to put England, semi-finalists in the series opener in Dubai last week, 24-21 ahead. Scotland gained possession from the kick-off and worked the ball upfield for Sofolarin to score in the corner. It left England needing to beat France and Spain on Saturday to advance to the quarter-finals from Pool C.

“It was a great game, going down to the last play,” said Sofolarin. “I’m not normally a 14-minute man but I made it through the 14. To score the last try is amazing.”

Kenya and Ireland scored upset wins over Samoa and Australia respectively to throw Pool D wide open.

Kenya, who finished 13th last week, beat Dubai semi-finalists Samoa 24-19 after leading 17-7 at half-time. Samoa were down to five players at one stage in the second half after two players were yellow-carded for a deliberate knockdown and a late tackle in the same incident.

Scotland’s Femi Sofolarin (C) reaches past English defenders to score a try. PHOTO: AFP