Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

England through to face Russia

Oliver Lindsay-Hague

England set up a quarter-final clash with Russia after two victories on the second day of the Hong Kong Sevens saw them top Pool B.

England followed up Friday's opening 59-5 victory over China with a 33-14 victory over their East Asian neighbours Japan at Hong Kong Stadium.

Twice they took the lead but both times were pegged back by Lote Tuqiri tries before powering away in the second period, with Tom Powell and Oliver Lindsay-Hague both crossing twice. England then eased past the United States 37-12 in their final game.

Dan Norton grabbed a brace to set up a clash with Russia, who will contest their first IRB Sevens Series quarter-final after finishing runners-up to Fiji in Pool D.

Both Scotland and Wales missed out on places in the main quarter-finals after they could only finish second in their respective groups.

Having edged out Tonga on Friday, Scotland easily saw off Mexico 40-7 but a 31-14 defeat by Samoa meant they finished runners-up to the defending champions in Pool C and will face Japan in the last eight of the Bowl.

Wales, meanwhile, could only finish second to South Africa in Pool E. Having defeated hosts Hong Kong in their opening game, the Welsh managed to see off a battling Spain side 28-5 but a heavy defeat by the Springboks - 42-12 - means they will face Argentina in the Bowl quarter-finals.

In the other Cup quarter-final ties, New Zealand will take on Portugal after topping Group A with a 100% record, while South Africa take on Fiji and Samoa face Australia.

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