Rugby World Cup Sevens: England and Wales into quarter-finals

Last Updated: 30/06/13 7:03pm

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Dan Norton: Notched a try in the win over Argentina as England topped Pool F

Dan Norton: Notched a try in the win over Argentina as England topped Pool F

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England and holders Wales won through to the Rugby World Cup Sevens quarter-finals on Saturday after maintaining their winning starts in Moscow.

But Scotland dropped into the Plate quarter-finals - where they will face Portugal - after being thrashed 41-0 by South Africa to finish second in Pool B.

In hot and muggy conditions at the Luzhniki Stadium, Wales finished top of Pool E by following up Friday's 33-5 victory over Uruguay with a 28-19 win against Tonga and a hard-fought 19-14 success over pre-tournament favourites Fiji.

Tries from Gareth Davies, Alex Webber and Lee Williams secured the win over the Fijians and set-up a quarter-final clash with New Zealand, whom they beat at the same stage of the competition four years ago when lifting the trophy.

England earned a quarter-final clash with Pool A winners Australia after beating Hong Kong 38-7 and then holding off Argentina to top Pool F.

The 14-12 victory over the Pumas came after Ben Ryan's side raced to a 14-0 half-time lead thanks to tries by Mat Turner and Dan Norton, both converted by Christian Lewis-Pratt.

But Argentina fought back with tries from Francisco Merello and Javier Rojas, with Rojas' failed conversion ultimately proving the difference between the sides.

'Mixed bag'

"As a coach at the end of the day all we want is to get into the quarter-finals and we have done that. It is simple on Sunday we have got to be gold standard. If we tick those boxes, we know we can win."
England head coach Ben Ryan

A relieved Ryan said: "We had two good games against Portugal and Hong Kong but our last match against Argentina was a bit of a mixed bag for us.

"We started OK, going two scores up and we were in good shape at half-time but then we gave away the ball too much in the second-half and did not make the decision we'd have liked. That let them back in and put us under the cosh a little at the end.

"As a coach at the end of the day all we want is to get into the quarter-finals and we have done that. It is simple on Sunday we have got to be gold standard. If we tick those boxes, we know we can win.

"We have got an awesome bench and no one is injured. It's hot and muggy here but the lads have got on with it and all our information is telling us that we are in good nick."

Scotland followed up their narrow 19-17 victory over Japan on Friday with a 21-5 win over hosts Russia in their opening game on Saturday, with tries from Chris Dean, Andrew Turnbull and Mark Robertson.

But they had no answer to South Africa in the Pool decider, with the Springboks running in seven tries in the rout.

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