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England Women Sevens through to quarter-finals in Brazil

22 February 2014

  • England set to take on arch rivals Russia
  • Wins over Ireland and the USA
England Sevens captain Abi Chamberlain

Photo: Michael Lee

England Women's Sevens are through to the quarter finals of the third round of the IRB World Series in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Simon Middleton’s side booked their place in the final eight after wins over the USA and Ireland and a narrow defeat to reigning world champions New Zealand.

Next England face old rivals Russia, a side that finished fourth in last weekend’s Atlanta leg.

England Sevens Head Coach Middleton said: “We are really pleased with our progress on day one. There was a lot of pressure on us yesterday after Atlanta and the first game against the USA was a key match.  The players really fronted up for that match, executed well and everyone did their jobs well. That then gave us the springboard we needed for the next round of games.

“Now we face Russia and we are really looking forward to it. They are a formidable side but will be hurt after their crushing defeat to Australia. We are under no illusions and I am sure Russia will bounce back today. There is a lot at stake for both teams here.”

England booked their place in the finals eight after a 19-5 defeat of the USA. In a re-run of last weekend’s late semi final, which England lost 19-5, England this time turned the tables on the USA and ran in three tries to America’s one despite losing a player to the sin bin. Heather Fisher, Danielle Waterman and skipper Abigail Chamberlain bagged the points.

England then took on Ireland and secured a convincing 29-7 victory despite being held to 7-7 at half –time. This time Claire Allan and Natasha Brennan grabbed two tries each whilst Hannah Field also touched down.

In the final game of the day, England held New Zealand to 7-7 at half time thanks to a try from Allan and a Sarah McKenna conversion, but after the restart New Zealand made it count when it mattered with two tries to England’s one, taking a 21-14 victory.

England Sevens

Claire Allan (Richmond)
Natasha Brennan (Richmond)
Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond, captain)
Heather Fisher (Worcester)
Francesca Matthews (Richmond)
Sarah McKenna (Saracens)
Leanne Riley (Saracens)
Emily Scott   (Thurrock)
Danielle Waterman (Bristol)
Amy Wilson-Hardy (Bristol)
Michaela Staniford (Wasps)
Hannah Field (Richmond)

England Sao Paulo Playing Schedule:

Friday February 21

England 19 USA 5
Tries: Fisher, Waterman, Chamberlain
Conversions: McKenna (2)

England 29 Ireland 7
Tries: Allan (2), Brennan (2), Field
Conversions: McKenna, Scott

New Zealand 21 England 14
Tries: Allan, Wilson-Hardy
Conversions: McKenna, Scott

Saturday February 22

Quarter-finals: England v Russia, 5:52pm GMT