England set up Sevens Qtr final vs Australia

England Sevens recorded their third victory by beating Wales 26-5 in their last pool match of the Hong Kong Sevens (26-28 March).

Ben Ryan’s side have been dominant all tournament only conceding five points in three matches after wins against Hong Kong (45-0), Japan (45-0) and now Wales which takes them into tomorrow’s Cup competition where they will face Australia.

James Rodwell (Moseley) got England’s opening try, his second today, whilst Christian Wade (London Wasps) went in under the posts after running inside from a ruck.

Wales had a try disallowed from the restart for obstruction and England’s captain Ben Gollings (Gold Coast) slotted both conversions to send his team in 14-0 up at the break.

Wales came back at England within the first minute of the second half kicking deep to steal the ball from Oliver Lindsay-Hague (Harlequins) to power over but failed to convert.

Lindsay-Hague returned the favour two minutes later with a charge down the wing to go in under the posts for Gollings to convert.

Nick Royle (Fylde) scored his third of the day after receiving Gollings’ offload to go over in the corner before Wales’ Ryhs Shellard was sent to the sin bin.

Outstanding defence by South Africa smothered Kenya in what was a must-win match on Saturday for the Springboks to advance to the quarterfinals as they won the match 21-7 .

The win set up a quarter-final with Fiji on Sunday, with Kenya advancing due to their good points differential.They will play New Zealand.

A repeat of last weekend’s Adelaide final between Samoa and the United States and the old foes England and Australia, complete the other Cup quarterfinal matches.

The Springboks had to beat Kenya or lose by three points or less to advance in the strange system that sees the six pool winners and two best second-placed teams on points differential into the quarters.

This time it was a committed Springbok side in one of their best performances of the season. They communicated well on defence, supported well at the breakdown and looked crisp in their execution.

They denied the Kenyans ball and the mid-African side first got out of their own 22 after nearly six minutes – and then Humphrey Kayange scored to level with a converted try after Ryno Benjamin had earlier put the Boks 7-0 up with the help of a Cecil Afrika conversion.

Chris Dry, after more South African harassment following the restart, virtually strolled through after the hooter (14-7) and diminutive Branco du Preez put the Springboks two scores in front following another near-try by playmaker Afrika that ended in a five-metre scrum for the Boks (21-7).

Fiji took ample revenge for their loss against the United Stats in Adelaide by winning 38-12, which cut the United States to a points differential of 43. It was enough to deny Argentina, who were on 42.

New Zealand beat Scotland 22-5 in what was not their best display, and Samoa – aiming for their third successive title – took advantage of two Argentina yellow cards to win 21-14 and advance to the quarters by being placed first in the pool.

England were too good for Wales (26-5) and the very young Australian side, with only one player over 21 and a youngster of 17 in their squad, beat Canada 36-12 to make it to another quarter-final.

Earlier on Saturday South Africa duly beat a weak Korea 40-7 in the second round, but it was a performance that was far from clinical and at times had coach Paul Treu shake his head in exasperation. It also made the third-round match against Kenya a must-win encounter -or a gamble to go through after a count-out.

New Zealand were clinical in winning their match against France 36-0, and have now scored 95 points to five in their two outings, while Fiji added a 45-7 win over Portugal to their 82- 7 win over Thailand in the first round.

With the United States getting a sco

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