Eng­land kick off cam­paign with bronze in Dubai

The Rugby Paper - - World Series 7s | Results -

ENG­LAND won the bronze medal in Dubai in the open­ing leg of the World Sevens Se­ries after beat­ing Fiji in their fi­nal game.

After win­ning Pool B on day one with three wins from three, Si­mon Amor's side faced Aus­tralia in the last eight and pro­gressed with a 26-19 win. De­spite Ruar­idh McCon­nochie’s early score they lost nar­rowly 14-5 against the Ki­wis in the semi­fi­nal, but re­cov­ered to beat the Fi­jians 28-21.

Tom Bowen’s hitch kick and burst of pace put Eng­land ahead after 40 sec­onds but Fiji re­sponded to level and then take the lead when Vatemo Ravou­vou in­ter­cepted Will Ed­wards’ pass.

Eng­land’s run­ning lines and of­fload­ing saw Phil Burgess stroll in be­fore Tom Mitchell’s in­tro­duc­tion to the game as a re­place­ment sent McCon­nochie through as five tries were scored in the first seven min­utes, but Eng­land had the edge 21-14.

Bowen grabbed his sec­ond be­fore Jo­sua Vaku­run­abili’s in­ter­cep­tion got Fiji to within one score but Eng­land held out.

In the semi-fi­nal, Eng­land were up early against New Zealand after a try from McCon­nochie. New Zealand went ahead ahead when Jo­seva Ravou­vou crossed out wide. An en­thralling end-to-end game broke out be­fore Ravou­vou’s sec­ond clinched it.

Ravou­vou’s sec­ond try sent them through to the the fi­nal, where they lost to cur­rent World Se­ries champiENGLAND ons South Africa 24-12.

Philip Sny­man, Se­abelo Se­natla and Kwagga Smith ran in tries for a 19-0 lead while New Zealand's Joseava Rovou­vou was in the sin-bin.

Rosko Spec­man was sent to the bin in the first minute of the sec­ond half and New Zealand hit back with btries from An­drew Knew­stubb and Scott Curry for 19-1, but Tim Agaba put the match beyond doubt in the fi­nal minute.

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