- England finish 7th at Lodz 7s
- Beat Sweden in final game
- Day One report - read
A Will Edwards extra time try saw England Sevens finish 7th at the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series in Lodz after beating Sweden 29-24.
George Chatterton wasted little time in getting England off the mark, as he scythed through the Swedish defence during their first meaningful attack for an early 7-0 lead. And Tom Bowen bagged England's second moments later, making it 12-0.
But Sweden rallied, working the ball well, they crossed for two scores of their own, levelling the match 12-12 at the break.
Bowen grabbed his second - England's third - at the beginning of the second half, putting England back in the ascendancy, but it was short lived as Sweden levelled the match once more with just two minutes remaining.
A converted Timothy Bitrim try looked to have sealed the win for England, only for Sweden to score in the final play of the game to send the game into extra time, and golden try. Captain Edwards scored that try, ghosting around the outside of the Swedish defence to dive over and seal the win.
Spain hold out
England were beaten 26-24 by Spain in the 5th place play-off earlier in the day, after staging a late comeback, from 17 points down.
Edwards got England off to a fine start, supporting the runs of both Will Muir and Benjamin Harris, captain Edwards received an offload to scoot under the posts for the easiest of conversions.
But Spain fought back with three tries of their own - two converted - giving them a 19-7 half time lead, and they struck again early in the second half, to open up a 17 point advantage.
Chatterton got one back for England, receiving the ball 30 metres out, he made an arching run into the corner and over the whitewash, and moments later Olawale Lipede powered over from close range, cutting the deficit to nine points
Muir and Edwards combined again in the game's final minute, as Muir broke the Spanish defence he lifted a well-weighted offload into the path of his captain, who duly scored his second to make it 26-24. There was time left to snatch victory, but the restart took one bounce before it bobbled in to touch handing Spain victory.
Pipped by Portugal
In their first game of the day England fell 19-7 to Portugal in the Cup quarter-final.
Portugal struck first, regaining possession from their kick-off, and held onto the ball stretching it from left to right before finding a gap and dotting down under the sticks.
England levelled the affair moments later, as Muir stepped his way through the Portuguese defence to canter the length of the pitch unopposed. Not to be outdone however, Portugal bagged a score on the stroke of half-time to take a 12-7 lead.
That momentum was carried into the second half as Portugal capitalised on a number of English errors to score their third try of the match, which proved too much for John Brake's men to come back from.
Day One saw two wins out of three for England as they recorded a 22-5 win over Sweden with Bowen scoring two tries, following up with a last minute score from Bitirim to beat France 17-14 before narrowly missing out to Georgia 17-19.
England Sevens squad:
Jamie Barden, Tim Bitirim (Loughborough University), Tom Bowen, George Chatterton (Exeter University), George De Cothi (Loughborough University), Will Edwards ©, Ben Harris, Ade Lipede (Nottingham University), Will Muir, Femi Sofolarin, Charlie Spawforth (Durham University), Tom Walsh (Loughborough University).
England schedule (live via RugbyEurope.tv)
Pool A: England 22-5 Sweden
Pool A: England 17-14 France
Pool A: England 17-19 Georgia
Cup quarter final: England 7-19 Portugal
5th place semi: England 24-26 Spain
7th place final: England 29-24 Sweden