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England Sevens see off Scotland and Brazil in Vegas

11 February 2012

  • Composed England plot path towards quarter final
  • Norton takes tally to 21 for season with four tries

England scored a last-minute winner with only six players on the field to beat Scotland 12-7 and advance to the quarter finals of the USA Sevens in Las Vegas.

The scores were level when leading try scorer Dan Norton - who scored four tries in today's two games - was sent off for an alleged trip. He was cleared at a later disciplinary hearing and the charge rescinded.

But despite going a man down England kept their cool and Christian Lewis-Pratt scored the winning try inside the last 30 seconds.

Dan Norton in action against Scotland at the USA Sevens

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Earlier England beat Brazil 29-5 and will take on Kenya in the final group game with New Zealand or Samoa their likely quarter final opponents.

"We'd actually played pretty well against Scotland but it was just a couple of small errors that stopped us getting away," said Lewis-Pratt. "We then got a penalty in the last 30 seconds, Mat Turner made a half-break and I came inside and scored. We probably should have put them to bed earlier."

Earlier, former Gloucester and Bristol wing Norton's hat-trick, tries from Tom Mitchell (Oxford Univ) and Tom Powell, and a conversion from Marcus Watson (Saracens) helped England cruise past Brazil, who were making their debut in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Felipe Claro scored a first series try for the South Americans, who will host rugby's return to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in four years' time.

Norton then took his tally to 21 for the season with the opening score against Scotland, former Leeds Carnegie fly half Lewis-Pratt converting.

Sean Kennedy's try and a Colin Gregor conversion levelled things up before Norton's dismissal, but England recovered to win a penalty - running rather than kicking at goal - and Mat Turner's half-break created the opening for Lewis-Pratt's switch and stretch to the line.

England face Kenya on day two at 21.28 GMT today and will go into a quarter final at 01.52 or 02.36 GMT on Sunday morning as a result

Earlier Scotland lost 17-14 to Kenya, Kennedy scoring both their tries, and they face Brazil on day two.

Wales could still claim a place in the last eight after beating France 14-12 with tries from Richard Smith and Lee Williams with two Alex Walker conversions.

Williams and Rhys Shellard touched down in their 29-12 defeat at the hands of South Africa but a Wales win against Uruguay coupled with a South African win over France would put them through.