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Guernsey finishes second despite early morning loss

TOUCHDOWN difference retained Guernsey second place in Pool A of the Touch World Cup behind current Mixed Open champions New Zealand.

Despite losing the last of its preliminary pool games, the Greens finished second with a touchdown difference of minus two compared to third place Singapore's minus 18.

Guernsey's first game of day two of the tournament saw another early morning fixture as they took on Singapore on what was a very muddy pitch. Singapore took an early lead before Matt Brehaut did a five metre dive towards the line to even the score. Singapore drew ahead to end the first half 3 - 2. In the second half, the play was evenly matched with Clio Phelan drawing Guernsey level before Singapore took the lead once more and kept it until the last whistle.

'It was disappointing not to end the preliminary round with a win but to finish in second place behind the current champions is something we can be proud of. We've now found ourselves in a tough second round pool against some experienced and well-drilled teams but we're looking forward to the challenge as we move towards the Mixed Open Bowl quarter finals,' said captain Ollie Ward.

Guernsey's first match of the second round came 10 hours after the start of the Singapore game and was against England who have retained some key players for a number of years. England took an early lead putting four past Guernsey before Sam Stables added another to his World Cup tally. Two more from England ended the first half 6 - 1.

In the second half England scored another five with Guernsey adding just one more through Richard Duchemin to end the game 11 - 2.

Tomorrow (Friday) Guernsey plays USA at 8.30am, Scotland at 1.30pm and Niue at 4.50pm.

Fixtures and results can be found at https://www.touchworldcup2011.co.uk/fixtures-results/mixed-open/