- Lindsay-Hague and Powell lead way as England see off Japan 33-14
- Seven tries in 37-12 win over USA sets up quarter final with Russia
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England cruised into the quarter finals with victories over Japan and the USA on the second day of the Cathay Pacific Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens.
The HSBC Sevens World Series leaders were the heaviest scorers in the 24-team tournament’s opening stages, beating Japan 33-14 and the USA 37-12 after thumping China 59-5 on the opening day.
As top seeds they now face rapidly improving Russia in Sunday's quarter final at 05:02GMT.
Head coach Ben Ryan had wanted England to be ‘professional and clinical’ in the opening stages and his side were exactly that, running in five tries against Japan and seven against the dangerous USA team.
Japan tested them with Fijian-born Lote Tuqiri – not the former Australia wing but a 22-year-old business student at Hakouh University – scoring two tries in a game that was level a minute into the second half.
Harlequins utility back Ollie Lindsay-Hague and former Cambridge forward Tom Powell both scored twice though Bristol Rugby wing Dan Norton adding a second half try and captain Ben Gollings adding four conversions.
Norton scored two more against the USA with Lindsay-Hague, Gollings, Dan Caprice, James Rodwell and Nick Royle sharing the rest of the scores. Gollings added one conversion.
Several of the leading sides struggled to shake off their rivals at the start of the second day.
Joint leaders New Zealand needed a late Tomasi Cama try and conversion to beat Portugal 19-12, champions Samoa edged out Tonga 24-17 and Fiji held off improving Russia 29-14.
Canada - conquerors of Argentina yesterday - went close to another shock before going down 26-24 against Australia but went on to beat Zimbabwe 24-10.
And there were no shocks in the final round of games with England, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Samoa and Fiji all topping their respective pools.
Quarter finals: New Zealand v Portugal, South Africa v Fiji, Samoa v Australia, Russia v England.