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England face Fiji in Glasgow Sevens quarter-final

03 May 2014

  • A 7-7 draw with Canada means England face Fiji in tomorrow's quarter-final
  • Wins over France and Japan not enough to top the pool
Blanchet scores his first try for England Sevens

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England face Fiji in the quarter-final of the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens after drawing 7-7 with Canada and finishing second in their pool on points difference.

Day one of the penultimate round of the HSBC Sevens World Series saw wins for Simon Amor's side over France (21-5) and Japan (33-24) with Howard Packman scoring on his debut.

England have met Canada in the last two tournaments and have won by the narrowest of margins, Tokyo (14-10) and Hong Kong (14-12), but in today’s pool decider errors proved costly against the physical side.

Canada’s 7-0 half time lead was cancelled out by Tom Powell who charged through the defensive line to gather a perfectly weighted chip by Tom Mitchell.

During a period of exciting play, both sides came close to scoring again but neither were clinical enough to take their chances. As pool winners, Canada play Kenya tomorrow.

In their opening match against France, England were held to a 0-0 half-time score despite having the majority of possession.

Watson breaks for a try against France

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England emerged a more focused side after the break and within four minutes of the restart Dan Norton, Marcus Watson and Phil Burgess had touched down.  Mitchell converted all three but a late try by France took the final score to 21-5.

Determined to bounce back from their earlier 52-0 defeat to Canada – a result which later became influential in the outcome of the pool – Japan applied the pressure on England and with impressive periods of play and well executed offloads, they proved why they have qualified for next season’s core status.

There were maiden tries for England U20s player, Packman and Exeter Chiefs' Sam Blanchet who scored twice, showing his pace and power to run the length of the field for his second.

Japan twice closed the gap to two points as England struggled to keep composure but crucial tries from Alex Gray and Mitchell kept the scoreboard in England’s favour and they clinched the victory.

Coverage of day two begins on Sky Sports 3 tomorrow at 10am with England kicking off at 12.20pm.