Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Opening defeat for England

England lost their opening game at the HK Sevens

England will aim to make up ground on the second day of the Hong Kong Sevens after losing 28-7 to Samoa in their opening Pool C game.

England had beaten Samoa on their way to the Wellington Sevens title last month, but on the opening night they had few answers as their opponents built up a 21-0 half-time lead with tries from Faatoina Autagavaia (two) and Reupena Lavasa.

Tulolo Tulolo added a fourth try midway through the second half before replacement half-back Sam Edgerley got England's consolation score late on.

England take on Scotland and Portugal on Saturday, with the latter winning their opening game 27-21.

Duarte Moreira's first-half hat-trick and a Goncalo Foro effort saw the Scots trail 20-7 at one stage.

Andrew Turnbull's second try and one from Mark Robertson put Scotland 21-20 ahead before Moreira grabbed a fourth try of his own after the hooter.

Wales needed a late score from Cardiff Blues centre Cory Allen to see off Australia 19-14 in their opening Pool A match.

Argentina were responsible for the shock of the day when they hammered South Africa 21-0.

New Zealand were not affected by the absence of injured world player of the year Tomasi Cama as they saw off France 33-12 in Pool B.

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