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Commonwealth Games 2010: England sevens beat Australia

Rugby sevens - tries of the day

Rugby sevens - tries of the day

Two tries from Dan Caprice helped England through to the quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens with a 21-19 win over Australia.

Ben Ryan's men will play Samoa next after the number one seeds suffered a shock 12-10 defeat to Kenya.

Scotland were thumped 46-0 by New Zealand in their final group match and play South Africa in the last eight.

Wales, who finished as runners-up of Group B after a 21-5 defeat to South Africa, face the impressive Kiwis next.

England's win over Australia had looked likely to set up a match against Kenya, but they will instead have to beat Samoa to make the semis after a lax performance from the World Sevens Series champions in the final match of the day.

England had trailed Australia 7-0 at half-time in a match that proved far more testing than the 50-point drubbings of Sri Lanka and Uganda that preceded it.

Our backs outplayed an Australian backline that had two internationals who played in the Tri-Nations

England Sevens boss Ben Ryan

Caprice's second try looked to have won the game as he scampered into the corner to put England ahead for the first time at 21-14 deep into the second half.

Pat McCutcheon's late try put the win in doubt but Australia squandered the conversion to leave England's two-point cushion intact.

The job's not even half done and it's a really hard day ahead of us but we've got momentum and that's a key thing in a Sevens tournament," said Ryan.

England Sevens boss Ben Ryan said: "Samoa have been brilliant over the last 12 months and I'm sure they'd like to finish off by adding the Commonwealth Games title before that group breaks up.

"But I'm very proud of our 12 players. Not only did they stick to the script but they showed a real desire to play for the shirt. Our backs outplayed an Australian backline that had two internationals who played in the Tri-Nations.

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"On this occasion we just out-thought them and showed more pride in the shirt - although they're still a good side and I wouldn't be surprised if they came through the other side of the draw to reach the final."

Three-time winners New Zealand scored inside 30 seconds against Scotland, after Andrew Turnbull's errant pass allowed Ben Smith to stroll in unchallenged inside 30 seconds.

And Scotland, whose previous group matches featured a hard-fought 19-17 win over Canada and a 26-0 victory over Guyana, were run ragged thereafter.

After wins over Tonga and India in their opening two matches, Wales had looked as though they may set up a meeting with the Scots when captain Richie Pugh barged over for the first score of against the Springboks.

South Africa swiftly reasserted control, however, to come through with a 21-5 victory.

But Wales might feel confident for their quarter-final with the Kiwis, having beaten them en route to winning the Rugby World Cup sevens title in 2009.



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see also
Commonwealth Games photos
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Gollings to lead England in Delhi
15 Sep 10 |  Commonwealth Games
Scots choose Games Sevens squad
11 Aug 10 |  Scottish
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29 Sep 10 |  Welsh
Sevens joy for Samoa in Edinburgh
30 May 10 |  Scottish


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