Amor delighted as England Sevens scrap to Singapore bronze

Amor delighted as England Sevens scrap to Singapore bronze

16 April 2017 / 19:34
Winning a bronze medal when not at their best shows England have the grit to succeed this season according to head coach Simon Amor.

His men’s Sevens side beat Australia to bring home bronze from the Singapore leg of the World Series having scraped past Kenya in the quarter-final.

Having qualified from their group with two wins from three, only losing to France on Saturday, Amor’s side came back from 12-0 down to score two unconverted tries and rely on an injury-time penalty from Dan Bibby to make the semi-finals.

They lost 17-5 to eventual winners Canada in the final four, but bounced back from that defeat to down Australia 14-12 in a tense bronze medal match.

Callum Sirker scored just his second World Series try in the opening period but Australia still led 12-7 at the break.

England hit back though and Newcastle University student Harry Glover also scored his second World Series try to give his side the win.

"We were far from our best performance this weekend - our decision making wasn’t good enough and that is something we need to address going forwards,” said Amor.

“However, to keep on scrapping and fighting and to get on the podium with the number of injuries we have is pleasing. 

"To see the young guys go so well is exciting when looking to the future.

“A number of them started in that final game against Australia, there’s no better place to develop experience than in a medal match against tough opposition, and it was impressive the way that they all stepped up."

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