Hong Kong Sevens: England crash out but Wales head for last eight

Last Updated: 23/03/13 12:57pm

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England's Dan Norton in action against Scotland

England's Dan Norton in action against Scotland

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England produced an impressively vibrant performance to overpower Portugal 22-7 in their final Pool C match on day two of the Hong Kong Sevens.

But their lacklustre 14-5 defeat against Scotland means the Wellington champions miss out on a place in the quarter-finals of the cup competition in the sixth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Portugal had stunned Samoa - 28-7 winners over England - in the morning but had no answer to a physical performance from Ben Ryan's men.

A succession of big hits from the likes of James Rodwell and Dan Norton put them on the front foot with John Brake and Christian Lewis-Pratt touching down in the first half.

Norton cruised over for career try number 109 after the interval and then his quickly-taken penalty sent Rodwell over in the corner. Aderito Esteves replied for the Portuguese.

Head coach Ryan is looking to build on the Portugal win with 'three decent performances' on day three, starting against France.

"There was a question mark over their spirit and they smashed Portugal around the breakdown," said Ryan. "Small little fellas like [Sam] Edgerley and [Marcus] Watson and Norton really put some bite into their defence and we did a bit more quality stuff with the ball so I'm pleased that we moved on.

"Equally, as a coach I'm frustrated that it's not the default and we're not doing this all the time.

"It's not a one-hit wonder tomorrow in the Bowl. We're going to have to put in three decent performances against good sides - the South Africans of this world are in the Bowl.

"We need to win all those games, pack our bags, get on the plane to Japan and then put on a really decent performance where we're not stuck in a Bowl or Shield or Plate."

Against Scotland it was a different story as they struggled for possession with Norton grabbing their only try and Mark Robertson's brace seeing the Scots home. They held Samoa to a 12-12 in their final match but couldn't secure they needed to reach the last eight.

Wales quickly cruised into the quarter-finals with a 19-14 win against Argentina sealed by a late try from Dragons wing Mathew Pewtner, after earlier scores from Rhys Jones and Jason Harries.

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