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England cruises to semi final

29 May 2004

England has cruised into the semis of the Emirates Airline Bordeaux Sevens defeating suprise quarter-finalist Canada 36-0.

The second seeds started sweetly when Pat Sanderson flicked an inside pass for Ben Gollings to score and convert.

Moments later Richard Haughton had an easy run for England's second and a 12-0 lead.

England defended well with Geoff Appleford, Phil Dowson and Sanderson to the fore and Dowson finished off a length of the field try in the dying minutes of the first spell.

Leading 19-0 England brought on three replacements in the hot conditions, including Ugo Monye who easily picked up his fifth, sixth and seventh tries of the tournament to make the final result 36-0.

England will play South Africa in the semi-finals after the Springbok Seven came from 0-10 down to defeat Argentina 14-10.

In the earlier quarter-finals series leader New Zealand survived a giant scare from Australia before winning 17-12.  The young Australians led 12-10 with time up on the clock, but missed touch and allowed Justin Wilson to score the match winner.

Fiji defeated Samoa 24-7 in the other quarter-final.

New Zeland plays Fiji at 17:14 UK time with England v South Africa at 17:36


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