- England lift the plate after beating Australia and Kenya on day two
- I'm really pleased with how the team have responded – Amor
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England lifted the Plate at the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens today after beating Kenya 26-5.
There were tries for James Rodwell, Marcus Watson and two for speedster Dan Norton as England showed their full attacking potential.
Earlier Simon Amor’s young side staged a second half comeback against Fiji in the quarter-final of the Cup but fell just short 14-12. This put England into the Plate semi, where they convincingly beat Australia 21-7.
Reflecting on the penultimate round of the HSBC Sevens World Series, England Sevens Head Coach Amor said: “Apart from the first two or three minutes of the Fiji game, we’ve played well today. I’ve been encouraged by some of the young guys, they’ve had more game time and we’ve seen them step up.
“Our execution and the technical accuracy of our tackling and passing has been much better. I’m really pleased with how the team have responded following yesterday’s results.”
It was a disappointing day one for England, who drew with Canada 7-7 after clinching victories against France (21-5) and Japan (33-24). Finishing second in the pool on points difference meant a tough quarter-final draw against Fiji.
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Two early tries for the Islanders put England on the back foot but in a spirited second-half display, Tom Mitchell and Phil Burgess touched down. The missed conversion by the captain, with less than a minute to play, proved costly, however, and England dropped into the Plate.
Demonstrating individual skill and well executed set plays, England dominated the semi-final against Australia. Alex Gray was the first to score before a looping run from Mitchell released Norton on the outside for England’s second.
Mitchell, this season’s HSBC Sevens World Series’ leading points scorer, then added to his tally, accelerating downfield to extend the lead to 21-0. Australia grabbed a late consolation try.
England took the momentum into the final and Rodwell powered over the line within two minutes. A long kick from Mitchell gave England field position, after a period of sustained pressure from Kenya, and from there the ball moved wide to Norton who scored in the corner.
The wing added a second straight after the break before Watson put the game out of reach despite Kenya's last ditch efforts, 26-5.
England remain fourth in the HSBC Sevens World Series and head to London next weekend where a successful tournament could still see them pip Fiji to third place. In a tough draw they play Argentina, Wales and New Zealand on day one.
Mitchell added: “It is our chance to play in front of a home crowd next weekend and with Saturday already sold out the atmosphere will be amazing. We can start looking forward and getting excited about it now.”