Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

England and Scotland miss out on last eight

England will be without Tom Mitchell, right, for their clash against Argentina in the Dubai Sevens after he broke his leg

England and Scotland were among a host of big names to miss out on the Dubai Sevens quarter-finals after a series of shock results.

Ben Ryan's England beat Samoa 19-17 but slipped into the Bowl competition after losing their final Pool C game 22-21 to Portugal. They will face Argentina on Saturday and must do so without Tom Mitchell, who broke a leg against Samoa.

Ryan said: "We can't blame anyone else. In the first half Portugal got too many points that we gave them and we should have been more clinical. Now we've got to show a bit of resilience and spirit. None of us wants to be in the Bowl. We need to get momentum and show we've got a bit of character."

Phil Greening's Scotland were beaten by Kenya, Fiji and Spain and face a Bowl quarter-final against Australia, leaving Wales as Britain's only representatives in the quarter-finals proper.

Paul John's team lost 14-7 to New Zealand but beat Argentina by the same scoreline and hammered Russia 22-5, thanks to a Rhys Shellard hat-trick, to set up a last-eight clash with Samoa.

Portugal and Fiji advanced to face New Zealand and France respectively, while the remaining quarter-final is between Canada and Kenya.