London Sevens: Watson's late try secures victory for England over Australia at Twickenham

During the afternoon session of the London Sevens, Twickenham was treated to big wins from New Zealand and Fiji, as well as a come-from-behind England victory over old rivals Australia

London Sevens: Watson's late try secures victory for England over Australia at Twickenham
Marcus Watson scored the winner in England Sevens 12-7 win over Australia at Twickenham (image via: therugbypaper.co.uk)

The afternoon session at the London Sevens ended with another huge positive for hosts England, who saw off Australia to give them two wins from two in Pool B. 

Newcastle Falcons winger Marcus Watson crossed late on to secure the win after Australia had been reduced to 12-men. 

Simon Amor's men have now beaten the first and fourth ranked teams according to this year's rankings, setting them up for a place in Sunday's cup quarter-finals. 

Retiere brace sees French top Pool C ahead of final fixture

France became the first side to go past 40 points in a game at Twickenham, after they saw off Portugal 45-14 in their second match of the day.

Artur Retiere scored twice for the French, with Jean Pascal Barraque, Damien Cler, Virimi Vakatawa, Pierre Lakafia and Steeve Barry also crossing for tries to give Les Bleus their first win in Pool C.

Steeve Barry in action at Twickenham (image via: worldrugby.org)

Scotland shot out of the blocks in their second fixture, scoring three tries without reply in the opening five minutes of their match with Kenya. James Johnstone was first to score, with Damien Hoyland then following him over straight from the resulting kick-off, before Scott Riddell sent the score out to 19-0.  

On the stroke of half-time, Humphrey Kayange made an outside break before popping the ball to his brother Collins Injera despite being past the try-line, giving Kenya a chance going into the second-half.

Scott Robertson all-but confirmed the win for Scotland in the final few moments after hacking ahead and collecting his own kick, before Injera equalled the all-time World Series try-scoring record after scoring his second of the match.

Samoans knocked out after second defeat

Samoa are unable to qualify for the cup quarter-finals, following their second defeat at Twickenham, this time coming at the hands of Canada. The Paris Sevens winners gave up an early try to Justin Douglas, before replying in kind through Belgium Tuatagaloa.

Conor Trainor then crossed just before the break to regain Canada’s lead, with Tuatagaloa again going over in the corner to cut the deficit to two. Trainor added his second, before Mike Fualiefau tip-toed over in the corner to put Canada out of sight, meaning Siaosi Asofolau’s late score was nothing more than a consolation.

South Africa kept alive their 100% record with a 14-10 victory over the United States. Cecil Afrika scored the only try of the first half, with the leading try scorer on the circuit this season Seabelo Senatla then going over in the first minute of the second half.

The United States then fought back, scoring two tries of their own through Nate Auspurger and Ben Leatigaga, but two missed conversions meant that they fell four points short of overhauling Neil Powell’s side, setting up a winner takes all clash against Canada.

Kiwis and Pumas secure Pool D progression with game to spare

New Zealand and Argentina have booked their places in Sunday’s cup quarter-finals with a game to spare, after both sides claimed their second wins of the day.

Argentina won the battle of the South Americans, after seeing off Brazil 28-7 thanks to five-pointers from Matias Moroni, Axel Muller and Juan Pablo Estelles, plus a penalty try, with Felipe Sancery scoring late on for the Brazilians.

New Zealand, meanwhile, saw off the challenge of Russia, eventually prevailing 33-10 thanks to doubles from Gillies Kaka and Rieko Ioane and a late score from Sonny Bill Williams.

English take control of Pool B following late win

England sit top of Pool B after two matches, after beating old rivals Australia 12-10 in front of a raucous home crowd. 

Dan Norton had given them a 5-0 lead, but it was Australia who went into the break ahead following a converted try from Sam Figg

Much of the second half was played in the middle of the field, before England put together an attack, which saw Australia's Pat McCutcheon sent to the sin-bin after being penalised close to his line. 

England took full advantage of the extra man, with the ball being shipped wide straight away, allowing Marcus Watson to barge his way over from close range for the win. 

Masivesi Dakuwaqa scored his second try of the day against Wales (image via: WorldRugby.org)

Fiji secured their first victory of the day, after trouncing Wales 42-5. Ben Ryan's side looked like they meant business following the shock defeat to England earlier in the day, with Samisoni Viriviri, Jerry Tuwai, Viliame Mata (2), Amenoni Nasilasila and Masivesi Dakuwaqa all registering tries.