- England knocked out at semi-final stage of Adelaide Sevens
- New Zealand win the tournament and stretch their lead at the top of the table
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After being knocked out in the Adelaide Sevens semi finals, England need to win next month’s London Sevens to keep their hopes of an HSBC Sevens World Series title alive.
Having beaten Wales 17-12 in the quarter finals, England slipped to a 19-0 defeat against South Africa and now trail Adelaide winners New Zealand by 13 points with two tournaments remaining.
England 17 Wales 12
An Alex Cuthbert converted try for Wales opened the scoring, but touchdowns from Mat Turner and Dan Norton had Ben Ryan’s side back on track by half time as Ben Gollings added the extras to make it 14-7.
Wales replied quickly in the second half closing the gap to two points with a try from Jevon Groves but Ryan Jones missed the conversion before Ben Gollings slotted a penalty to close out the game and book a semi-final match against South Africa.
England 0 South Africa 19
England went into the game in search of a sixth successive World Series tournament Cup final, but South Africa, who have impressed at recent tournaments, had other plans and put down a marker after just 32 seconds when Branco du Preez touched down. A Sibusiso Sithole try bookended the first half with South African scores, leaving Ryan’s men with a 12-0 gap to bridge. Tshotsho Mbovane’s try, converted by Cecil Afrika, made it 19-0 and despite the second half introductions of Marcus Watson, Dan Caprice and Mark Odejobi England had no reply and suffered their first shut out of the 2011 World Series.
You can buy tickets to see England in action at the Emirates Airline London Sevens beach party via RFU.com, with prices from £15.