- How England progressed on day two - read
- England beaten by New Zealand on day three
England Sevens finished joint seventh at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series in Las Vegas.
As the competition progressed to day three, England faced a New Zealand side who were also beaten in the cup quarter final.
Simon Amor's side levelled the game twice but an injury-time score for the Kiwis saw them progress to the fifth-place play-off with a 19-14 win, as England finished in the same position for the third tournament in a row.
England are in action again next weekend in Canada for the Vancouver leg of the World Series over 10-11 March.
Following England's defeat to hosts USA in the last eight, they met a New Zealand side who lost to Fiji in the last play of the game.
England had the better of the opening exchanges but a Kiwi break saw Ngarohi McGarvery Black able to dot down under the sticks.
Ruaridh McConnochie's fancy footwork saw England respond shortly after as he stepped inside and out to level the game, which is how it stayed until half-time as it sat 7-7.
A Phil Burgess break was cut out by the Kiwis and McGarvery Black raced down the right wing unopposed for his second score, but Dan Norton capitalised on New Zealand having a man sent to the sin bin to bring it all square again.
With the time dead, there was heartbreak for England as Dylan Collier grabbed the ball off the back of a ruck and crossed out wide.
“It’s disappointing to lose yet another one of the last plays – we won all of those close ones last year but this season we can’t quite get on the right side of the score lines,” said head of England Sevens Simon Amor.
“The effort was excellent today and you can’t fault how hard people are working across the board.
“I’m really pleased with the progress of how we’re playing the game. We’re building nicely towards the Commonwealth Games so I’m confident that as soon as we get that first close game over the line that will be the trigger for us to keep on pushing as we head towards the Gold Coast.”
England sat top of the pool after the first two games on day one following a couple of impressive attacking displays in their opening two matches.
Richard De Carpentier's two tries as well as a long range effort from Ollie Lindsay-Hague were part of England's six tries they racked up in a 42-12 victory against Canada in their opener.
Tom Bowen then ran in a hat-trick in the 33-12 win over Wales, with Tom Mitchell and all-time leading try scorer Dan Norton also crossing.
On day two in the pool decider against South Africa in another a tight game, England lost 19-24 despite Dan Bibby's two tries.
In their Cup quarter-final tie, England went down to a narrow 12-17 loss as Perry Baker scored a hat-trick for hosts USA.
England Sevens squad:
Tom Bowen, Dan Bibby, Phil Burgess, Richard de Carpentier, Mike Ellery, Harry Glover, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Ruaridh McConnochie, Tom Mitchell (c), James Rodwell, Dan Norton, Ethan Waddleton, Will Edwards.
England’s Las Vegas results:
England 40-12 Canada
England 33-12 Wales
England 19-24 South Africa
Cup quarter final: England 12-17 USA
Fifth-place semi-final: England 14-19 New Zealand