England continue to struggle in Tokyo
March 30, 2013
Fiji were one of three sides to win all their fixtures on the opening day of the Tokyo Sevens © Getty Images
England continued to struggle in the HSBC Sevens World Series as they lost two of their three fixtures in Pool D on the opening day of the Tokyo Sevens to slip into the bowl competition.
A closing 31-7 win over Argentina was not enough to secure a quarter-final place after they squandered leads to lose 26-19 to Australia and 31-21 to Samoa. Tries from Tom Powell, Christian Lewis-Pratt and Mathew Turner were in vain as Tom Cusack, Lewis Holland and Cameron Clark earned victory for Australia.
The pattern was repeated against Samoa as Lewis-Pratt, Dan Norton and John Brake gave England a 21-14 lead only for second-half tries from Lolo Lui, Tulolo Tulolo and Levi Asifamatala to turn the game around. Norton, Sam Edgerley, Lewis-Pratt, Turner and Marcus Watson all crossed in a rout against Argentina but England face a bowl quarter-final against Portugal, bottom of Pool A.
Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand won all their games on the first day of the tournament. Samoa beat Australia in Pool D to set up a quarter final with South Africa while Fiji, who won last weekend's Hong Kong Sevens, will face Australia.
Scotland will be Britain's sole representatives in the quarter-finals of the main competition after topping Pool B, winning 12-0 against Kenya and 12-10 against Wales before a closing 12-12 draw with the United States. Wales finished bottom of the group.
Scotland therefore will meet France in the quarter finals while the USA take on New Zealand
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