Saturday 31st March 2007
NEC Harlequins winger Charlie Amesbury set the Hong Kong Stadium alight this afternoon with four tries in ten minutes, to help England to victory over Korea. The youngster, who turns 21 next week, got a first half hat trick and was joined on the score sheet by Nils Mordt (London Irish) and Jack Adams (Gloucester).
England still showed some errors in their second pool game match of a tournament which they have won on the last four successive occasions. The minor mistakes cost them two tries in a match which was played in the heat and humidity of the afternoon in Hong Kong.
Charlie scored his first try within 40 seconds of kick off and his two follow up tries ensured England led 12 7 at the break. Korea's first try came courtesy of Yoon Hee-Soo.
In the second half Charlie, who is a member of the Harlequins Academy, successfully scored his fourth of the match before being rotated by coach Ben Ryan for fellow Quins team mate Tom Williams.
Experienced sevens player, Nils Mordt, who played in England's victory here last season, scored England's fifth of the match, marking his return to Hong Kong in style. Korea took advantage of an opportunity to score their second (Kim Sung-Soo) but it was England who had the last word with Jack Adams scoring his first try on only his second match for England Sevens.
Speaking after the match Charlie said, "This is an amazing place to play. A few of the other players had tried to explain what it was like but until you get here you can't really imagine. I have heard it will be even better tomorrow. At one stage I heard the announcer in the stadium ask who was cheering for England and the whole crowd seemed to go mad. There must be over 30,000 people here already today."
England face Argentina in their final pool game match at 18.34 local / 11.34am BST.
England - Tries: Amesbury (4), Mordt, Adams
Conversions: Amor (4)
Simon Amor, captain, (London Wasps); Dave Seymour (Saracens); Jack Adams (Gloucester); Tony Roques (Exeter Chiefs); Nils Mordt (London Irish); Charlie Amesbury (NEC Harlequins); James Brooks (London Wasps)
Reps: Danny Care (NEC Harlequins); Ben Russell (Saracens); Tom Williams (NEC Harlequins)
Not used: David Doherty (London Wasps); Andy Vilk (Sale Sharks)
Kwon-Woo; Jae-Young; Young-Hun; Hee-Soo; Kwang-Moon; Keun-Hyun; Young-Nam
Reps from: Sung-Soo; Jong-Man; Jong-Soo; Jun-Ki; Myung-Geun
Referee: P Legoete (SA)