Ex-Scottish chief confident over England Sevens form

Former London Scottish director of rugby Simon Amor believes his side’s decision making cost his England side dear as they finished fourth at the Dubai World Series Sevens on Sunday.

England, who lost 26-12 to South Africa in the semi-finals, fell to defending World Series champions New Zealand in the third place play-off as Tim Mikkelson’s late try clinched a 17-14 triumph for the Kiwis.

England finished third in the opening event of the Series last month and they are now fourth in the overall standings.

And former Hampton School student Amor was in optimistic mood ahead of the South Africa leg of the series which starts in Port Elizabeth on December 7.

“There were some real positives – a lot of our tackling was the best I’ve seen – but some of our decision making was not great and that can punish you at the highest level of sevens,” said Amor.

“Now the foundations are in place in our defence, though, we’ve got a lot of other good stuff to work on.

“South Africa was a very frustrating game. We did a lot of good stuff but we didn’t play the breakdown particularly well and South Africa are very good there. It’s the next part of our game to look at.”

Fiji, 26-21 winners over England in the pool stages, went on to lift the title by beating South Africa 29-17 in the final.

Meanwhile, London Scottish kept pace with the Championship play-off chase with a 38-17 home win over Moseley on Saturday.

The result - inspired by a hat-trick from the league's leading try scorer Miles Mantella, plus a try apiece from Mark Bright and Ollie Grove - moved acting head coach James Buckland's men up to the third in the table ahead of Sunday's fixtures. 

The exiles next travel to Pontypridd in the British & Irish Cup this Saturday.


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