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Sevens plate victory for England

04 August 2002

A solid performance in front of an ecstatic home crowd gave England a comfortable win over Australia in the rugby sevens plate final.

Henry Paul

England's Henry Paul

In a tough game England led scoring 36 to Australia’s 12.

Henry Paul of England proudly said: “Both teams were playing for pride. We had a lot of possession early on, which really helped us. It’s been a long tournament, but this crowd sparked us on a little bit more than the Aussies. It was a good game, and they came back at us, but I think we deserved that win, and hopefully we’ll build from it.”

Paul reflected on missing out on the medals: “We’ve been getting better as the tournament’s gone on. That game was a culmination of us improving with each game. But it’s too little too late.”

Commenting on Australia’s performance Richard Graham the Australian captain said: “It’s definitely not the result we were looking for. We’re very disappointed. I think the boys really struggled to get themselves back up from yesterday and certainly the home crowd had an enormous effect. England played very well and we were a bit sloppy and people were lazy in defence and that hurt us.”

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