England Sevens through to Cup quarters in Singapore

England are through to the Cup quarter-finals of the Singapore sevens after finishing top of their Pool.

Simon Amor's side defeated Japan and series leaders South Africa while earlier suffering a loss against France in their opening match.

They will next face last year's Singapore winners Kenya in the knockout stages of the latest leg of the HSBC World Rugby sevens series (Sunday, 6.36am BST).

Heading into the match England needed to avoid a 19-point deficit after Japan had beaten France in the previous game. 

And they made a blistering start with Charlie Hayter powering over in the corner after only 20 seconds.

Werner Kok scored in added time ahead of the break though and Branco Du Preez's conversion gave South Africa a 7-5 lead.

Tom Bowen flew down the right wing shortly after the restart for 10-7 and Dan Norton crossed after a trademark chip and chase with Dan Bibby's conversion taking the score to 17-7.

In the final few seconds Tim Agaba went over in the corner but England held on to seal a 17-12 victory.

Defeat to France

In their opening match in Singapore against France, Amor's side made a bright start with Ollie Lindsay-Hague crossing after only a minute which Bibby converted.

However, the scores were level at the break through Stephen Parez's converted effort.

Ruaridh McConnochie crossed shortly after the restart for 14-7 before France scored two unanswered tries via Jean Pascal Barraque.

Barraque also converted both of his scores while also sending over a late penalty to seal victory.

Victory over Japan

England made up for that loss to France with a comprehensive 40-10 victory over Japan in their second match.

Ahead of the match against Richard de Carpentier was ruled out of the rest of the tournament before kick off meaning 13th man Harry Glover joined his brother Will on the replacements bench.

Bibby had the first score the game collecting his own chip and chase to dot down under the posts, also converting the try. 

McConnochie then spotted a gap down the blindside and showed superb agility to dive over in the corner from a metre out for 12-0.

Great handling and offloading from Japan allowed Katsuyuki Sakai to cross for their first try just before the break.

Norton then seared down the left wing for try number 247 on the HSBC World Rugby sevens series with Bibby's conversion taking their lead to 19-5

McConnochie had his 20th try on the world series after cutting through Japan's midfield following a quickly-taken tap penalty for 24-5.

Bowen showed trademark pace to sear through for England's fifth but Siosifa Lisala went over in the corner soon after.

In added time Callum Sirker, playing in his second world series tournament, had his first senior try with Will Edwards' conversion taking the final score to 40-10.

'An amazing feeling'

And Bibby paid tribute to the side, after their slow start to the tournament.

"It’s an amazing feeling to get a win over the Springboks," said Bibby,

"It was important for us to start building as we were rusty this morning against France. It was a must win game if we were to top the pool.  

"The boys worked so hard, I’m so proud of them – so proud of the way they bounced back from this morning."

v France 24-17
v Japan (7.44am BST) 40-10
v South Africa 17-12

England Sevens squad for Singapore: Dan Bibby, Tom Bowen, Phil Burgess (capt), Richard de Carpentier, Will Edwards, Will Glover, Charlie Hayter, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Ruaridh McConnochie, Callum Sirker, Dan Norton, James Rodwell. (13th man: Harry Glover).

 

 

 


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