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England Sevens will face Argentina in the Cup quarter-final at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series in Sydney after finishing second in Pool C.
Following on from their 22-10 win over Spain on day one, England were in complete control against Papua New Guinea as they won 35-5 and then faced world champions South Africa but went down 12-33.
England now move to the knockout phase of the competition in Sydney and will face Argentina on day three, which kicks off on Sunday at 1.34am GMT live on Sky Sports Action.
Mitch the man
There was disappointment at the start of day two as Alex Davis was ruled out of the rest of the tournament with an ankle injured sustained against Spain, a game where he scored two tries, with Ryan Olowofela coming into the squad to make his World Series debut.
However, England, in the first match of the day at Allianz Stadium, got into their stride quickly and captain Tom Mitchell and Dan Bibby crossed after Papua New Guinea were down a man following a yellow card.
Dan Norton's superb score from deep got England up to three tries before half-time, before Richard de Carpentier and a second from Mitchell set up a group decider against South Africa.
Mitchell was perfect with the boot as he slotted five from five, for a personal haul of 20 of England's 35 points.
Two of the best teams in the world faced off in the final game as England came up against South Africa, with both sides having already secured two wins.
Ollie Lindsay-Hague opened the scoring for England as he kicked ahead and chased hard to win the bouncing aerial challenge and cross, but Seabalo Senatla levelled the game shortly after.
A superb defensive effort by Ryan Olowofela stopped South Africa grabbing a second, but the Blitzboks did go over twice again before the break for a 21-7 lead.
Following South Africa's fourth, Dan Bibby's grubber and gather got England back in the game and although they pressured the men in green on a number of occasions, they were unable to cross and Senatla scored a breakaway try to secure the win.
"That was a fantastic 12-man effort as we've got guys playing out of position, but as soon as they're on the field they're putting that effort in," said Phil Burgess.
"This stands us in good stead for tomorrow as the guys have got some good minutes across the board."
England Sevens squad:
Dan Bibby, Tom Bowen, Phil Burgess, Richard de Carpentier, Mike Ellery (Saracens), Ruaridh McConnochie, Tom Mitchell ©, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Dan Norton, James Rodwell, Ethan Waddleton, Ryan Olowofela.
Pool C - England 22-10 Spain
Pool C - England 35-5 Papua New Guinea
Pool C - England 12-33 South Africa
Cup quarter-final - England v Argentina