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England run in 11 tries against Sri Lanka

04 December 2003

England �s progress in the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens continued with a massive win by 75-0 over luckless Sri Lanka in the second tie of the tournament at the Exiles ground in the Gulf state. The 75-0 win represented the fifth highest ever score in the IRB world series.


For England it was a stroll in a well manicured park, Joe Lydon's team starving their opponents of any ball and making sure that their defence clicked in on the rare occasions when the Sri Lankans threatened any attacking move.


Skipper Simon Amor began the try deluge with a score under the posts and by the interval England had achieved six touchdowns, the other contributions coming from Saracens wing Richard Haughton (2),  London Irish centre Geoff Appleford (playing in the forwards), Wasps midfielder Tom Rees, and Penzance centre Rob Thirlby.


All the first half tries were converted by Amor who then began the second half with a score and conversion before being subbed by Ben Gollings, who proceded to show his hunger with two tries and four conversions, England's other second half tries coming from  Quins back rower pat Sanderson, and Northampton utility back James Brooks.


England G Appleford, T Roques, T Rees, J Brooks, S Amor, R Thirlby, R Haughton Subs S Amor for Gollings (8),  P Sanderson for Appleford (7), Hipkiss for Haughton (7)