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England clean sweep in Bordeaux

28 May 2004

England will play Canada in the quarter finals of the Emirates Airline Bordeaux Sevens after defeating Australia 19-12.

Ugo Monye got England off to a flying start 30 seconds into the match with Ben Gollings' excellent conversion making it 7-0.

However the young Australian team fought back and levelled it at halftime with a try to Patrick Phibbs.

Monye scored his second early in the second half before captain Simon Amor made it safe with a 60 metre sprint to the corner.

Peter Owens scored in the last minute for Australia.

"Australia are a good side and they made us work hard," Amor said afterwards.  "Our attack wasn't as direct as it good have been so to win is pleasing."

Amor confessed he was looking to be substituted after his score: "Unfortunately the guy chasing me didn't stop and I was a wee bit tired after that!"

And the Gloucester scrum-half is wary of Canada tomorrow as his side chases New Zealand at the top of the IRB Sevens table:

"Canada pushed the Kiwis today and are a tough team.  We'll have to step it up a level tomorrow".

The quarter final is at 13:34 UK time and will be preceded by New Zealand v Australia, Fiji v Samoa and South Africa v Argentina.

In the Bowl France plays Spain, Portugal faces Italy, Scotland will play Georgia and Russia has Kenya in the quarter finals.