England men sevens ended their Cape Town Sevens campaign with a 17-12 defeat to the USA in the ninth place play-off.
Ollie Lindsay-Hague crossed for his fourth try of the weekend but Maka Unufe responded immediately before Danny Barrett and Carlin Isles made it 17-7 to the Eagles Sevens at the break.
Dan Norton reduced the arrears on 12 minutes to set up a tense finale but his try wasn’t enough for the men in white.
Head of England Sevens Simon Amor said: “On the back of a good start last weekend, this was a poor tournament from us.
“We went into the tournament from the off with a number of players injured and we never quite recovered.
“We weren’t able to adapt with players going into different positions which is disappointing and frustrating.
“The boys didn’t feel their effort was at the right level certainly in the France game.
“We’re pleased the effort was back up again against the USA, we just felt the decision making wasn’t quite right. We know exactly what we need to work on going forward.
“We’re hopeful the injured players will come back and be ready to rock and roll in Hamilton and Sydney which presents a good opportunity to keep progressing and improve our game.”
England men sevens squad for Cape Town
Phil Burgess (C)
Richard de Carpentier
Friday 13 December
Pool C - England 24-26 Scotland
Tries: Norton ‘8, Emery ‘9, Lindsay-Hague ’10, Glover ‘14
Saturday 14 December
Pool C - England 33-7 Spain
Tries: Bowen ‘1, Norton ‘4, Edwards ‘6, Lindsay Hague ’10, Glover
Pool C - England 12-33 France
Tries: Burgess ‘2, Lindsay-Hague ’14
Sunday 15 December
Ninth place play-off – USA 17-12 England
Tries: Lindsay-Hague ‘2, Norton ’13