- England record wins over the Netherlands, Brazil & Canada
- Next-up France
England Women will take on France in the quarter-finals of the final round of the World Sevens Series in Amsterdam tomorrow (Saturday) after recording a clean sheet of victories on day one.
Simon Middleton’s side marched into the final eight after recording a 36-5 win over hosts the Netherlands, a 19-5 victory over Brazil and then a crucial 10-5 win over Canada – a side England had not beaten all season.
Middleton said: “I am thrilled that we have won three out of three games today. We put on a great performance against the Netherlands where we played with concentration and focus – we were really clinical.
“Against Brazil, I made wholesale changes and that made it hard for the players so we had to scrap for that win but we got the result. Then against Canada, it was a battle of wills really. We dug deep and showed great character and skills. The players were fantastic and completely deserved to win the group.
“Next up is France and they had some good wins against Russia and South Africa today. It will be a tough match and if we let them get possession they can be very dangerous.”
England, who join New Zealand, Australia, France, Russia, USA, Brazil and Canada in the quarter-finals, opened the day’s action with a six-try win against the Netherlands. Danielle Waterman, Michaela Staniford, Sarah McKenna, Emily Scott and Natasha Brennan (2) all touched down for tries.
Against Brazil, England edged into a 12-5 lead at half-time thanks to tries from Lydia Thompson and Claire Allan before Heather Fisher put the game out of reach.
England then faced Canada in the final game of the day and recorded their first win of the season over the Canucks thanks to a second-half try from Brennan and a try saving tackle from the on-form Amy Wilson-Hardy. Up to that point England had been level pegging at 5-5 all.
Claire Allan (Richmond) VC
Natasha Brennan (Richmond)
Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond) C
Heather Fisher (Worcester)
Francesca Matthews (Richmond)
Sarah McKenna (Saracens)
Marlie Packer (Wasps)
Emily Scott (Thurrock)
Michaela Staniford (Wasps)
Lydia Thompson (Worcester)
Danielle Waterman (Bristol)
Amy Wilson-Hardy (Bristol)
England playing schedule, IRB WSWS
Friday, May 16
England 36 Netherlands 5
Tries: Waterman, Staniford, McKenna, Brennan (2), Scott
Conversions: McKenna 3
England 19 Brazil 5
Tries: Thompson, Allan, Fisher
Conversions: Scott (2)
Canada 5 England 10
Tries: Waterman, Brennan
Saturday, May 17
Quarter-final: England v France, KO 11:44 BST