England beat Japan but headed for early exit
January 27, 2001

England romped to a 24-7 victory over Japan in Argentina today but still look
set for an embarrassing exit from the World Cup Sevens.

Coach Adrian Thompson's side ran in four tries against the Japanese in their penultimate Group C encounter in Mar del Plata's Municipal Stadium.

But yesterday's shock 14-12 defeat by Spain is likely to cost England's
unheralded sevens squad a place in tomorrow's quarter-finals of the Melrose Cup.

England's fate could be decided even before their final game against
Commonwealth champions New Zealand later today.

Spain will book the second qualifying place alongside the Kiwis if they win
their final game against Japan.

Even if England pulled off an unexpected victory over New Zealand, Spain would still progress having won the meeting between the teams leaving Thompson's team heading for the Plate competition.

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