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Four wins on day one in Moscow for England

30 June 2012

  • Four from four despite injury setbacks in Russia
  • Ellery and Lightfoot-Brown make try-scoring starts

England completed a clean sweep on day one of the FIRA AER Moscow Grand Prix Sevens with victories over the Netherlands (33-14), Wales (35-12), Georgia (47-7) and Russia (19-14).

John Brake

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England’s sequence of wins came despite being reduced to nine available players after knocks to Bristol’s Matt Williams (hamstring), Nick Royle (hand) and Jack Preece (knee).

And Head Coach Ben Ryan was particularly impressed with the positive performances from his mix of HSBC Sevens World Series regulars, new signings and triallists.

“It was a case of job done despite picking up three injuries and the nine left in the squad did very well.

“Russia are a strong side so to beat them was very positive and against Wales and Georgia we produced some great attacking play.”

England opened the day with tries from captain John Brake, Dan Bibby, Tom Mitchell, Mike Ellery on his debut and Jeff Williams in the 33-14 win over the Netherlands.

They exceeded that points tally in beating Wales 35-12 with Jeff Williams, Tom Mitchell, Chris Brightwell, Royle and Ellery touching down.

Sevens tries in the 47-7 victory against Georgia came from Royle (2), another debutant in James Lightfoot-Brown (2), Mitchell, Jeff Williams and Ellery.

Russia were the toughest opponents and England led at the break through Brake and Mitchell tries with Ellery striking at the start of the second half to make sure of the 19-14 win.