England Sevens suffer defeat to Kenya

England suffered another defeat, this time against Kenya, losing 21-14 in their last pool match of the Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens.

Last weekend’s London Sevens champions struggled on day one of the two day tournament meaning that they need Canada to beat Scotland by 21 points in the last match of day one (ko 6.56pm) to qualify for the cup.

Said England Sevens Coach Ben Ryan: “We have been off form today. It is hard to believe that last weekend we were winning the cup and this week we are struggling to qualify for it.

“We showed spirit in that match but it wasn’t enough and tonight we have to go away and reflect and come back tomorrow and improve.”

Kenya dominated from the start scoring two converted tries in the first five minutes. England answered back through Micky Young who made a break in midfield to offload to Greg Barden to score under the posts; Gollings converted to take the score at half time to 14-7.

England started the second half well, but a Young sin binning left England with six men and Kenya took advantage when James Rodwell was left isolated, scoring their third converted try to take the score to 7-21.

England looked to come back when Tom Biggs touched down in the left corner but the linesman’s flag was up. Ollie Phillips had the last say of the match going over on the buzzer and Gollings converted, but it was too little too late for England, the final score, 21-14.

England: Greg Barden (Royal Navy), Micky Young (Newcastle Falcons), Uche Oduoza (Unattached), James Rodwell (Moseley RFC), Ollie Phillips (Newcastle Falcons), Neil Starling (Northampton Saints), Ben Gollings (Gold Coast),

Replacements:, Dan Norton (Moseley RFC), Tom Biggs (Leeds Carnegie)

England scorers: Tries: Barden, Phillips; Conversions: Gollings (2)

England results:

England 17-33 Scotland
England 26-12 Canada
Kenya 21-14 England

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