English cruise to comfortable win
World Cup Sevens
January 26, 2001

England made a comfortable if unconvincing start to their bid to regain the Melrose Cup with a 21-7 victory over Chile.

Coach Adrian Thompson's team keep the South Americans penned in their own 22 for much of the opening half of the Group C encounter.

But all they had to show for their efforts was a try from Wasps' Paul Sampson, playing at scrum-half. He collected a loose ball before darting over from 20 metres, and added the conversion.

Bath's Rob Thirlby showed his paces with a 50-metre sprint for England's second try just after the interval which Sampson converted from under the posts.

But Chile hit-back with their first real attack of the game to snatch a try from Roberto Infante who also added the conversion.

England, despite a couple of nervy moments when Chile looked like they might break away for a try, sealed the points with a score from Josh Lewsey, another of their Wasps contingent.

Lewsey suddenly found some space on the right touchline and he evaded the last defender to score, Sampson again converting.

Thompson, England's full-time sevens coach, said: ``We can only get better. We tried to play 15s' rugby when we should have been playing sevens.

``But once we make the readjustment I think things will go well. People should remember that Chile have a decent sevens team and have had some good results including beating South Africa last year.

``I knew they would be a hard and fit team and they will upset other teams in the group.

``The boys did not play as they trained, but we will learn quickly and I am sure we will come through.''

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