- Turner, Mitchell and Rodwell score in win against Tokyo champions
- South Africa next up in penultimate leg of HSBC Sevens World Series
England surged into the quarter finals of the Glasgow Sevens by beating Australia 19-14 to complete a clean sweep of victories on the tournament’s opening day at Scotstoun.
Tries from Tom Mitchell, Mat Turner and James Rodwell clinched the win over the Tokyo Sevens champions and earned England a last eight meeting with South Africa in this penultimate leg of this season’s HSBC Sevens World Series.
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Earlier England were impressive 40-7 winners against Kenya and then saw off the USA 19-12.
Mitchell scored two tries and five conversions in the win over Kenya with Turner also touching down twice and solo scores for Rodwell and John Brake.
England were 12-0 up against the USA with Rodwell and Mitchell scoring. The USA levelled but Turner finished off some patient approach work to snatch victory.
Head coach Ben Ryan said: “Overall I’m pretty pleased. I don’t think we played as well as we could have done against Australia but we got a win against the team who won the last tournament so that shows we’re in pretty good shape.
“We played beautifully against Kenya and scored some really good tries – and more importantly ones that I’ve seen on the training field. If we keep the ball and we make the right decisions when we’ve got it we can beat any team in the world.”
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South Africa – beaten 17-5 by Wales in the Pool D decider – are in third place and a point ahead of England in the series table. The winner of the tie will go through to face either Fiji or Samoa in the semi final.
The other side of the draw sees Wales play Australia and series leaders New Zealand take on Argentina.
Wales completed a superb day’s work, their win over South Africa following victories against Scotland (17-14) and Russia (31-5).
Rhys Sherrard and Ifan Evans struck in the first half against South Africa and Tom Grabham added a decisive third try after the break.
Scotland went down 19-14 against South Africa before beating Russia 33-5 – Ross Miller scoring twice with John Houston, Andrew Turnbull and Michael Fedo touching down their other tries. They now face Kenya in the Bowl quarter finals.