Gold Coast Sevens: England progress while New Zealand keep clean sheet
England enjoyed their best start to a tournament in three years on the first day of the Gold Coast Sevens on Saturday.
Last Updated: 13/10/13 12:29pm
In Simon Amor's first tournament in charge, England beat Spain 54-7 and France 26-12 to secure a place in the quarter-finals before losing out to South Africa 22-14 in their final Gold Coast Sevens Pool B match.
England will now face Fiji in the last eight on Sunday, with the pacific island now under the guidance of former England coach Ben Ryan.
Dan Bibby scored a hat-trick for England as they routed Spain, while leading scorer Dan Norton bagged a brace against France before South Africa took advantage of some defensive frailties.
Victory for the Blitzbokke means they topped the Pool and advance to face Wales, who finished second in Pool C having lost 22-19 to Fiji in their final match of the day.
Reigning world series champions New Zealand emerged from Pool A unbeaten and without conceding a single point as they booked a quarter-final date with Samoa.
New Zealand beat the United States 38-0, Tonga 26-0 and Kenya 31-0 to progress to the next stage, while Samoa suffered a 12-0 defeat to Australia in their group decider, meaning they must now take on the title holders.
Kenya raced to a 38-0 victory over Tonga and a 31-5 win against the United States to make sure they had a place in Sunday's schedule, where they will face Pool D toppers Australia.