Powell puts England into Hong Kong Semis

Tom Powell of Cambridge scored the winning try in the dying seconds beating Australia 26-19 to put England in the Cup semi final of the Hong Kong Sevens (26028 March)

England turned the tables on Australia after they were defeated 12-17 at last weekend’s Adelaide Sevens with Powell charging over in the last seconds of the match.

It was a nail biting encounter from start to finish with the scores level in the last minute but with Australia under pressure in their own half England were able to make ground with Ben Gollings (Gold Coast) sending Powell in and then converting for the winning goal.

It was 12 apiece at half time, England’s Christian Wade (London Wasps) showing outstanding pace shooting through from the kick off with the opening try and then striking again from inside Australia’s half, leaving dust in the face of the Wallabies defence for his second.

England went 19-12 behind early in the second half, Australia testing England’s defence from the restart to power over but Moseley’s James Rodwell brought England within a conversion in the tenth minute with a fantastic run from inside his own half, Gollings slotted the conversion for the tie.

Oliver Lindsay-Hague (Harlequins) took the restart and it was Lindsay-Hague who made ground but was pulled into touch on the 22, England did well to steal Australia’s lineout bringing the ball into the centre for Gollings to carry forward and offload to Powell for the win.

England will face Samoa in the Cup semi final at 4.30pm local time (8.30am GMT)

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