England men endured a disappointing final day at the HSBC Hong Kong Sevens losing to both Samoa and New Zealand.
Simon Amor's side had progressed through to the Cup quarter-finals courtesy of three pool victories over Wales, Spain and USA but were beaten 14-12 by Samoa in the knockout stages.
They were behind to an early Johnny Vaili try before Harry Glover got them back in the game with a big fend on the final defender before flying over.
Dan Norton gave England a 12-7 lead as his fine form in the tournament continued but Tila Mealoi crossed after some fine handling from his team mates with three minutes remaining and the conversion gave Samoa victory.
They headed into the battle for fifth but suffered a 17-10 loss to New Zealand.
Joe Webber went over in the corner for New Zealand after a period of sustained pressure, while Dylan Collier went over under the post for 12-0.
Ryan Olowofela touched down his own kick through to reduce the score to 12-5 at the break.
Mike Ellery seared down the left wing for a second England try before Tone Ng Shiu crossed to seal victory.
Head of England Sevens Simon Amor commented: “Day three has been a frustrating day for us with some close losses and an injury to Dan Bibby which left us very short of play makers.
“I’m really pleased with the effort of the boys to keep on fighting with multiple players playing out of position. They showed some real heart and the mindset they had to keep on going was outstanding.”
England Men Sevens squad for Hong Kong:
Phil Burgess ©
Richard de Carpentier
13th man: Tom Mitchell
England 12-14 Samoa
Tries: Harry Glover, Dan Norton
England 10-17 New Zealand
Tries: Ryan Olowofela, Mike Ellery
England’s Pool D results
England 36-19 Wales
Tries: Will Muir, Dan Norton, Mike Ellery (2), Phil Burgess, Will Edwards
England 54-5 Spain
Tries: Will Edwards (2), Dan Norton (2), Charlton Kerr, Will Muir, Tom Bowen (2)
England 28-22 USA
Tries: Harry Glover, Dan Norton, Phil Burgess, Mik Ellery