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England Sevens to face Tunisia in quarter finals

10 December 2004

Friday 10th December 2004
England 24
Australia 12
England have made it three wins from three on the opening day of the Emirates Airline South Africa Sevens, beating Australia 24-12.  England top their pool and will face Tunisia in the quarter finals tomorrow (Saturday 11th December).
Tries from Richard Haughton (Saracens) in the first half, and Geoff Appleford (London Irish), Peter Richards (London Wasps) and Anthony Roques (London Irish) in the second half meant England triumphed over Australia for the second time in two weeks.  England now face a quarter final date with Tunisia who earlier lost to New Zealand but beat France and drew with Portugal to make them second in pool A. 
Coach Mike Friday was satisfied with the day's results, "I am pleased that we have won all three pool matches and have progressed through to the quarter finals but there is still alot to work on.  We still haven't put a full game together and must step up a level for tomorrow when the real tournament begins.  The new boys played well again today - Neil Starling's (Northampton Saints) hat trick was encouraging in the first game against Kenya and both Mathew Tait and Ollie Phillips (both Newcastle Falcons) played well during the day. Kai Horstman (NEC Harlequins) was also impressive, performing well when we really needed him in the absence of Pat Sanderson (Worcester Warriors)."
Geoff Appleford (London Irish), Ben Gollings, Richard Haughton (Saracens), Kai Horstman (NEC Harlequins), Peter Richards (London Wasps), Antony Roques, Captain (London Irish), Mathew Tait (Newcastle Falcons).
Reps: Paul Sampson (Worcester Warriors), Neil Starling (Northampton Saints), Rob Thirlby (Penzance & Newlyn).
Reps not used: Ollie Phillips (Newcastle Falcons)
Tries - Haughton, Appleford, Richards, Roques
Conversions - Gollings (2)
From - Luke Inman, Matt Hodgson, James Sua, Tim Clark, James Morgan, Andrew Brown, Nick Reily, Wise Katerverata, Josh Gamgee, Anthony Sauer, Shawn MacKay, Kacey Mitchell.
England play Tunisia at 10.19 GMT tomorrow morning (Saturday)
Earlier results on the opening day -
England 31
Ireland 19
England have beaten Ireland 31-19 in their second pool match in the Emirates Airline South Africa Sevens.  Two tries a piece from 18-year-old Mathew Tait (Newcastle Falcons) and Peter Richards (London Wasps) helped England move ahead and impressive work from Paul Sampson (Worcester Warriors) meant he contributed a try to the score sheet.  Ben Gollings (unattached) helped widen the score with three successful conversions.
England were particularly strong in their possession but made a couple of errors in defence which enabled the young Ireland side to score.
England: Ben Gollings, Kai Horstman (NEC Harlequins), Peter Richards (London Wasps), Paul Sampson (Worcester Warriors), Neil Starling (Northampton Saints), Mathew Tait (Newcastle Falcons), Rob Thirlby (Penzance & Newlyn).
Reps: Richard Haughton (Saracens), Ollie Phillips (Newcastle Falcons), Anthony Roques (London Irish)
Reps not used: Geoff Appleford (London Irish)
Tries - Richards (2), Tait (2), Sampson
Conversions - Gollings (3)
From - Gareth Brown, Mark Bruce, John Hearty, David Hewitt, Ian Humphreys, Niall O'Brien, Seamus Mallon, Michael McCornish, Martin McPhail, James Norton, Tomas O'Leary, Niall Ronan.

England 26
Kenya 0

A hat trick from the Northampton Saints youngster Neil Starling has helped the England Sevens team to a strong start in George, South Africa, beating Kenya 26-0 in their opening pool match.  Starling scored all three tries in the first half and England had a comfortable lead of 19-0 at half time.
A second half try from Peter Richards (London Wasps), who was last week named as the Player of the Tournament in Dubai, helped increase the score.  Ben Gollings, who has travelled to George to following an injury to Simon Amor (Gloucester), successfully converted three from four.
England looked particularly good in defence and are looking forward to their next pool match against Ireland. England won the Emirates Airline South Africa Sevens last season, beating New Zealand 38-14 in the final.
England: Geoff Appleford (London Irish), Ben Gollings (unattached), Kai Horstman (NEC Harlequins), Ollie Phillips (Newcastle Falcons), Anthony Roques (Captain, London Irish), Paul Sampson (Worcester Warriors), Neil Starling (Northampton Saints)
Reps: Richard Haughton (Saracens), Peter Richards (London Wasps), Rob Thirlby (Penzance & Newlyn) 
Reps not used: Mathew Tait (Newcastle Falcons)
Tries - Starling (3), Richards
Conversions - Gollings (3) 
Kenya: From - Victor Odour, William Odonga, Dennis Mwanja, John Mbai Onyango, Leslie Mango, Allan Makaka, Oscar Osir Osula, Benjamin Ayimba, Humphrey Kayange, Lavin Asego, Peter Mutai, Teddy Omondi.