England & New Zealand win CWG 7’s thrillers

Dan Caprice scored two sparkling tries as England hung on against the odds to stun Australia 21-19 in the Pool D decider on the opening day of the Commonwealth Games Sevens in Delhi.

The former Saracens and Blackheath winger finished off a Dan Norton break in the first half, then added a brilliant solo effort late in the game which skipper Ben Gollings converted from the touchline.

Australia struck back after the hooter through Pat McCutcheon when Kevin Barrett was in the sin bin but James Stannard missed with his easier conversion chance.

The result puts England into a quarter final tie against Group C runners-up Samoa with Australia taking on Kenya.

England had trailed 7-0 at the break to a Bernard Foley score after Greg Barden was yellow carded but struck back through Caprice immediately after the break.

Lachie Turner and Stannard’s conversion made it 14-7 but replacement Mathew Turner went over for England before Caprice struck down the right and Gollings added the majestic extra points.

Earlier England had brushed aside minnows Sri Lanka 59-7 and Uganda 55-0, scoring 18 tries in the process.

James Rodwell scored a hat trick against Sri Lanka and Turner emulated the feat against Uganda.

Also through to the quarter finals are Wales, who went down 21-5 against South Africa and now face a daunting game against triple gold medal winners New Zealand.

Earlier they beat India 56-7 and Tonga 38-7 but have a fitness doubt over Ospreys wing Kristian Phillips, who pulled up clutching a hamstring after scoring inside 20 seconds against the hosts.

Scotland beat Guyana 26-0 and Canada 19-17 but went down 46-0 to holders New Zealand and take on the Springboks tomorrow as a result.


Pool Game results

Pool A
New Zealand bt Canada 43-7
New Zealand bt Guyana 52-0
New Zealand bt Scotland 46-0
Scotland bt Canada 19-17
Scotland bt Guyana 26-0
Canada bt Guyana 47-0

Pool B
South Africa bt Tonga 29-0
South Africa bt India 59-0
South Africa bt Wales 21-5
Wales bt Tonga 38-7
Wales bt India 56-7
Tonga bt India 38-5

Pool C
Kenya bt Malaysia 40-0
Kenya bt Papua New Guinea 17-12
Kenya bt Samoa 12-10
Samoa bt Papua New Guinea 38-17
Samoa bt Malaysia 61-0
Papua New Guinea bt Malaysia 56-10

Pool D
England bt Sri Lanka 59-7
England bt Australia 21-19
England bt Uganda 55-0
Australia bt Uganda 33-0
Australia bt Sri Lanka 42-5
Uganda bt Sri Lanka 35-5

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