- England take wins over Ireland and the Netherlands
- Next up Australia in day two action
England Women Sevens booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Atlanta leg of the World Series on Saturday night and will now face Australia in the final eight.
A new looking England side recorded victories over Ireland and the Netherlands but fell to a 14-5 defeat to reigning world champions New Zealand in the final round of pool matches.
Richmond’s Natasha Brennan secured a hat-trick of tries in an opening 32-0 defeat of Ireland, while Danielle Waterman, returning from a long-term injury, Claire Allan and captain Abigail Chamberlain also added tries.
England then put 19 points on the Netherlands in a 19-12 victory with Brennan and Allan once again on the score sheet. Sarah McKenna also added a try and two conversions.
In the final match of the day Waterman was the only scorer in the 14-5 defeat to New Zealand. England now take on Dubai World Series winners Australia in the quarter-finals at 5:22pm GMT today.
New England Sevens Head Coach Simon Middleton said: “We played disciplined and intelligent rugby for most of the day, translating areas we have discussed in training into games. However, we recognise that we still have plenty to work on but we have a really good baseline showing us where we are.
“Although we are disappointed we didn’t beat New Zealand we are generally pleased with the performances on the opening day. We know we have to step up again if we are to progress any further in the tournament.
“We know Australia is going to be a huge challenge. They are a skilful, physical and a dynamic side. They showed in Dubai how dangerous they are and what character they have.”
England Women Sevens
Claire Allan (VC) (Richmond)
Natasha Brennan (Richmond)
Abigail Chamberlain (C) (Richmond)
Heather Fisher (Worcester)
Francesca Matthews (Richmond)
Sarah McKenna (Saracens)
Leanne Riley (Saracens)
Emily Scott (Thurrock)
Sally Tuson (Saracens)
Danielle Waterman (Bristol)
Amy Wilson-Hardy (Bristol)
Michaela Staniford (Wasps)
England Atlanta playing schedule:
England 32 Ireland 0
Tries: Brenna (3), Waterman, Allan, Chamberlain
England 19 Netherlands 12
Tries: Allan, Brennan, McKenna
Conversions: McKenna (2)
New Zealand 14 England 5
5:22pm GMT England v Australia
Knockout matches TBC