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England seal last-eight place

England booked a Hong Kong Sevens quarter-final against Australia after clinching second place in their pool on the second day of the tournament.

After opening their Pool A campaign with a 19-10 win over Argentina on Friday, England picked up on Saturday with a 21-17 victory against Kenya courtesy of Dan Norton's hat-trick.

England's pool campaign finished with a 14-12 defeat to Samoa, despite tries by Rob Vickerman and captain Greg Barden.

England head coach Ben Ryan said: "From the Samoa game there are one or two things we need to sort out but overall I was pleased with what we did. We played well against Kenya to get into the quarter-finals and against Samoa we stepped up in performance and created chances."

Defeat to the unbeaten Samoans meant England finished second in Pool A and will now face a young Australian side who finished second in Group C after wins over Scotland (29-14) and France (31-10) and a 22-5 loss to Fiji.

Wales also booked their place in the quarter-finals despite winning just one of their three matches in Pool B.

The Welsh suffered a 10-0 defeat to South Africa yesterday before thumping the United States 42-7 and concluding with a 24-7 loss to New Zealand. Next up for Wales is a repeat of their pool match against the All Blacks in the last eight.

The other quarter-final ties see Fiji play Argentina and Samoa take on South Africa.

Scotland are out of the running for the main competition after two defeats in Group C. Despite a 14-12 win over France in their first match, a subsequent 29-14 loss to Australia allied to the 39-5 defeat to Fiji proved their undoing.

Scotland instead drop into the Bowl competition semi-finals, where they will face the United States.


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