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England Sevens frustrated in Tokyo

30 March 2013

  • England Sevens finish day one in Japan by hammering Argentina
  • Ben Ryan’s side slipped to defeat against Australia and Samoa
Dan Norton cruises in to score a try against Portugal

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England finished the pool stages of the Tokyo Sevens by hammering Argentina 31-7 at the end of a frustrating day.

They led both their opening games before going down 26-19 against Australia and then 31-21 to Samoa at the start of the seventh leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

The result sees them miss out on a quarter final place and they now face either Spain or Portugal in the Bowl competition.

Former Bristol wing Dan Norton scored his 29th try of the campaign with half back Sam Edgerley touching down as England led Argentina 12-0 at the break.

Then Christian Lewis-Pratt, Mathew Turner and Marcus Watson touched down in the second half to complete the rout.

Earlier England had led Australia 12-5 at half time with tries from Tom Powell and Lewis-Pratt.

Tom Cusack, Lewis Holland and Cameron Clark hit back for Australia before Edgerley touched down and Turner converted to set up a frantic finish.

England had been overwhelmed by Samoa in the first half in Hong Kong a week earlier but this time lead 21-14 with tries from Lewis-Pratt, Norton and John Brake.

But Samoa ran in second half scores through Lolo Lui and Tulolo Tulolo with Levi Asifamatala's late try clinching it.

Elsewhere Wales – finalists in Hong Kong – went down 24-22 to the USA and 12-10 to Scotland, who pulled off one of their best results of the season in beating Kenya 12-0.