Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Team GB come from 21-0 down to reach rugby 7s semi-finals

Great Britain overturned a 21-point deficit against the USA to book their place in the semi-finals of the rugby 7s competition in Tokyo.

Dan Norton scores the winning try for Great Britain in the men's quarter-final rugby 7s match

The Rio silver-medallists looked dead and buried after Danny Barrett crossed over for the first try and Perry Baker added a quickfire double, with captain Tom Mitchell forced off with an injury.

Ollie Lindsay-Hague clawed back the deficit just before the break, spotting a gap and darting over the whitewash for a half-time scoreline of 21-7 to the US.

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Ben Harris gave GB further hope early in the second period after the US lost a man to the sin-bin, the 21-year-old taking full advantage to score a second try.

With a man advantage and fewer than five minutes remaining, Alex Davis went under the posts to level the scores and set up a nailbiting finish to the quarter-final clash.

Dan Norton, the leading all-time try scorer in rugby sevens history, added to his impressive haul following a quick turnover penalty and although the conversion was missed, Britain held on for an astonishing comeback win and a mouthwatering semi-final clash against New Zealand.

Speaking to the BBC after the match, a delighted Norton said: "I'm struggling to keep myself together at the minute. The pride to dig that deep at 21-0 down…

"There's a lot of tears being shed at the moment – tears of joy. We've got a cracking game tomorrow now in the semis.

“[New Zealand] are in great form and it's now about resetting and coming out firing tomorrow.”

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