England have snatched a thrilling victory in extra time to beat Kenya 24-19 and win the New Zealand Sevens title.
Sam Edgerley pounced to score the winning try and complete a remarkable comeback after a catalogue of injury problems in the first three legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Dan Norton and Christian Lewis-Pratt had touched down to put England 12-0 up early on but back came Kenya to lead 19-12 after Horace Otieno, Oscar Ouma and Willy Ambaka all scored.
The Africans – second in the series overall – were seconds away from victory but with men off the field in the sin bin Lewis-Pratt struck at the death and converted to level things up.
Then in sudden-death extra time Lewis-Pratt, Norton and Marcus Watson attacked down the right and half back Edgerley followed up to clinch the win.
Just reaching a first final of the season was a major step forward for England, whose squad has been ravaged by injury and the return of Mat Turner and Lewis-Pratt in New Zealand was the first sign that the crisis is easing.
In the quarter finals, England blew Scotland away in the second half of their own version of the Calcutta Cup in the Cake Tin.
John Brake and Watson touched down for a 12-7 interval lead and then Norton added two second half tries with Watson also striking again.
The semi final against Samoa was much more tense as England trailed 12-0 before Lewis-Pratt’s double edged them 14-12 up at the break.
Watson struck four minutes into the second half to stretch the lead to 21-12 and Lio Lolo’s consolation effort came too late for the Islanders.