Wellington Sevens: England progress to knockout stage with perfect pool record
Last Updated: 07/02/14 2:17pm
Phil Burgess leads England's attack in Wellington
Defending champions England, Fiji, Canada and Australia won all three of their pool matches to progress to the quarter-finals on day one of the Wellington Sevens.
England beat Portugal 36-7 and Wales 21-7, with Dan Norton crossing for his 150th career try, before they proved too strong for the current series leaders South Africa in a 19-5 win.
Simon Amor's side face Samoa on day two while South Africa will meet Australia after Cameron Clark kicked another decisive penalty drop-goal to give Mick O'Connor's side a 15-12 win over Samoa that saw them top their pool.
Ben Ryan's Fiji defeated hosts New Zealand 12-7 in their first match, before Samisoni Viriviri scored twice in their 26-5 defeat of France and a 45-12 victory over Spain, with Henry Seniloli scoring 15 points. They will face Argentina in the last eight.
Peter Schuster had earlier scored three tries for Australia as they beat Tonga 33-5 and Kenya 24-0 on an impressive day for the Gold Coast Sevens runners-up.
Fresh from their third-place finish in Las Vegas, Canada looked full of confidence as they beat Argentina 24-5 in their pool decider with the returning Ciaran Hearn scoring two second-half tries to secure the victory.
Earlier, Harry Jones had scored a brace in a 17-14 win over Scotland and two tries from Conor Trainor ensured they beat neighbours USA 29-12 and they will face New Zealand.
The hosts bounced back from their opening defeat to Fiji to beat Spain 55-0 thanks to two tries from Tim Mikkelson and a Sherwin Stowers hat-trick, before beating France in the final match of day one 47-0, Stowers scoring his fourth of the tournament, captain DJ Forbes adding a brace and Akira Ioane scoring his first series try.
In the Bowl on day two, Wales will play Tonga, Scotland meet Spain, Kenya await Portugal and France take on the USA.