England off to unbeaten start in Tokyo
March 22, 2014
Marcus Watson scored two tries in England's win over Scotland © Getty Images
England got the Tokyo leg of their IRB Sevens World Series campaign off to a thunderous start on Saturday, booking a Cup quarter-final opposite Canada after winning all three of their pool matches.
Simon Amor's side opened their Pool D account with back-to-back victories over Scotland and Spain, who fell 36-0 and 29-0, respectively, but it was a 24-21 beating of Australia which rounded off their day in such promising fashion.
Current top points scorer Tom Mitchell was an essential part of England's attack in those first two fixtures, scoring a hat-trick of tries against the Spanish, but it was a Phil Burgess brace that paved the way to victory over the Australians, currently sat in fifth, just one place below England in the World Series table.
Despite that loss, Australia advance from the pool and set up a cup quarter-final against table leaders New Zealand, who are hoping to win back-to-back honours of this kind, having been triumphant in Wellington last month. South Africa and Fiji also managed to go unbeaten in Pools B and C, respectively, sealing their quarter-final berths opposite the United States and Kenya.
Failing to break into the top two of their pools, Wales and Scotland won just two matches between them on Saturday and will face Spain and Portugal, respectively, in their pursuit of Tokyo's bowl. Joining them in that hunt are Samoa and hosts Japan, making up the other bowl quarter-final, while Argentina will face France.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Jose Mourinho says he "was not expecting" to see Frank Lampard in a Manchester City shirt after leaving Chelsea but that he respects the player's decision to go on loan at the Etihad
Manuel Pellegrini says criticism of Yaya Toure's performance against Bayern Munich is unfair and has no problems with the Manchester City midfielder's attitude and commitment
Floyd Mayweather has been ordered to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday to answer questions about unsafe training conditions at his Las Vegas gym
Manchester City are hopeful Edin Dzeko will recover from a back injury with Manuel Pellegrini facing the prospect of taking on Premier League leaders Chelsea with just one fit striker
FIA technical boss Charlie Whiting has admitted it would have been tough to police coded radio messages had the governing body pushed through the original plans for restricting radio traffic