THE BOYS PREVAIL OVER ENGLAND ON OPENING DAY OF HONG KONG 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 in February but on the opening night of the sixth leg of the Sevens World Series had few answers to opponents who won the ball from their first three kick-offs and built up a 21-0 half-time lead with two tries from Faatoina Autagavaia and one from Reupena Levasa.
Tulolo Tulolo added a fourth try midway through the second half before the 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 Gonçalo 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 the Cardiff Blues centre Cory Allen to see off Australia 19-14 in their opening Pool A match. First-half tries from Lee Williams and Alex Webber, and a Rhys Jones conversion, put Wales 12-0 up at the interval before a Lee Williams brace put the Wallabies in front.
But Allen powered over a minute from time and Jones converted to give Wales an important win with South Africa and Argentina to come on day two.
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 the injured world player of the year Tomasi Cama as they saw off France 33-12 in Pool B.
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