Rodwell sent to the sin-bin as England suffer Commonwealth Games defeat to Samoa

James Rodwell represented the England 7s team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Picture (c) Matthew Impey
James Rodwell represented the England 7s team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Picture (c) Matthew Impey

Former Berkhamsted School pupil James Rodwell endured a disappointing end to the Commonwealth Games as the England 7s team went out 15-14 against Samoa.

England were under intense pressure for the first five minutes of the game, but when Marcus Watson scored a breakaway try, it looked like they might take a lead into the break.

However, Samoa Toloa scored two tries just before half-time, taking his tournament tally to seven.

Worse for England, Rodwell was sent to the sin-bin for a cheap shot on Toloa as he slid in for his first score.

Lio Lolo produced an acrobatic finish in the corner to increase Samoa’s lead, before Dan Norton kicked diagonally on the run and touched down under the posts to give England hope.

But Samoa hung on to set up a semi-final clash against eventual champions South Africa, who ended New Zealand’s unbeaten record.