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USA make history at Twickenham with first World Rugby Series tournament win

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The USA made history at Twickenham as they won the final leg of the 2015-16 World Rugby Sevens Series on the day Fiji claimed the overall title.

While overall champions Fiji were were dumped out at the semi-final stage, it was the USA who emerged from London taking the final tournament title of the year thanks to a 45-22 win over Australia.

In the week the USA were given the 2018 Sevens World Cup, Sunday saw another huge milestone for American rugby as coach Mike Friday's side secured their first ever tournament win. It was a feat which surpassed their previous best finish of runners-up when they reached the final of the Adelaide Sevens in 2010.

Australia could not match the USA's immense power and America headed into the break as 26-10 leaders, with the superb Madison Hughes, Danny Barrett (two) and Maka Unufe all scoring. Australia answered with scores from Nicholas Malouf and Lewis Holland, but the USA's organisation was exemplary, their physical presence made them difficult to break down, and the 16-point lead proved to be insurmountable.

Despite having some time to breathe at half-time, the USA continued the relentless form soon after the break with Perry Baker scoring a superb solo effort. Australia cut the deficit with Lucas crossing but Unufe danced his way through the Australia defence to keep the USA out in front. Australia's Sam Myers scored a late consolation score but it was Saracens' Thretton Palamo who had the final say when he powered away for another American try.

"The 12 of the players have been outstanding, there are another 10 back in America who have worked their socks off all year," Friday told Sky Sports after their final win. "They've played some fantastic Sevens all year.

"I said to them if you work hard in life you get your rewards and that's what they've done. They've been a credit to their country, their families and I'm immensely proud of every one of them."

In reaching the final, America had dumped England out of the tournament at the semi-final stage with Hughes (two), Baker (two), Andrew Durutalo and Carlin Isles (two) all crossing as they stunned the hosts with a ruthless display to win 43-12.

Australia secured their passage to the final thanks to a 33-7 win over Series champions Fiji in the semis. They clocked up five tries in total with Pama Fou, Ed Jenkins (two), Lucas and Malouf all scoring.

Hosts England faced Fiji in the third-fourth play-off and it was the series champions who prevailed 26-12 despite spending the first two minutes of the second-half with six men. England went into the break 12-7 to the good thanks to scores from Tom Bowen and Richard de Carpentier - with Fiji's score coming from Aisake Katonibau - but it was the Islanders who pulled away in the second-half. Osea Kolinisau scored first with Savenaca Rawaca and Josaia Wini then getting in the act.

New Zealand, who lost in the quarter-finals to England, ended up winning the plate as they saw off South Africa 26-14 in that specific final. Kenya ended up taking the bowl thanks to a 26-12 win over Argentina and Japan took the Shield final as the beat France 21-19.