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England face Samoa in Commonwealth quarters

26 July 2014

  • Physical Australia beat England 15-7
  • See England's quarter-final against Samoa at 12.50pm on Sunday with BBC online or via the red button
James Rodwell

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England will play Samoa in Sunday’s Commonwealth Games quarter-final after going down 15-7 to Australia in their last Pool D game at Glasgow’s Ibrox Stadium.

Simon Amor’s charges started Saturday with two very assured wins over Sri Lanka (57-0) and Uganda (40-0), scoring a total of 15 tries in the process.

However, despite going ahead early in the group decider when Marcus Watson executed an electric chip-and-chase to dot down, England were eventually outdone by a powerful Australia performance.

First Cameron Clark slid over on the right following a well-worked set-move, cutting the deficit to 7-5 at half-time. Then the pivotal turning point came.

Sean McMahon caught Tom Mitchell’s second-half kick-off to race clear, and though speedster Dan Norton caught up magnificently to make a superb cover tackle, he was penalised and yellow-carded for playing the ball without releasing.

Despite some brave defence from the likes of Dan Bibby and Phil Burgess, McMahon was put clear to put Australia 10-7 up.

England continued to be pushed back by intense line-speed and a further try from Jesse Parahi came with Christian Lewis-Pratt also in the bin following another ruck offence.

But a medal is still well within England’s reach should they get past Samoa tomorrow.