Gold Coast Sevens: England progress while New Zealand keep clean sheet

Last Updated: 13/10/13 12:29pm

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England registered back-to-back victories on Saturday as they enjoyed their best start to a tournament in three years on the first day of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

In Simon Amor's first tournament in charge, England beat Spain 54-7 and France 26-12 to secure a place in the quarter-finals before losing out to South Africa 22-14 in their final Gold Coast Sevens Pool B match.

England will now face Fiji in the last eight on Sunday, with the pacific island now under the guidance of former England coach Ben Ryan.

Dan Bibby scored a hat-trick for England as they routed Spain, while leading scorer Dan Norton bagged a brace against France before South Africa took advantage of some defensive frailties.

Unbeaten

Quarter-Final Draw

New Zealand v Samoa
Fiji v England
Australia v Kenya
South Africa v Wales

Victory for the Blitzbokke means they topped the Pool and advance to face Wales, who finished second in Pool C having lost 22-19 to Fiji in their final match of the day.

Reigning world series champions New Zealand emerged from Pool A unbeaten and without conceding a single point as they booked a quarter-final date with Samoa.

New Zealand beat the United States 38-0, Tonga 26-0 and Kenya 31-0 to progress to the next stage, while Samoa suffered a 12-0 defeat to Australia in their group decider, meaning they must now take on the title holders.

Kenya raced to a 38-0 victory over Tonga and a 31-5 win against the United States to make sure they had a place in Sunday's schedule, where they will face Pool D toppers Australia.

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