Amor pleased with attitude as England progress in SA

13 December 2014 / 21:13

England head coach Simon Amor wants his side to harness the performances from their first two games at the South Africa leg of the Sevens World Sevens when they take on the hosts in the Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

England, looking to improve on their plate semi-final loss to Argentina in Dubai last weekend, began their latest campaign in impressive fashion by running in seven tries in their 45-0 win over Pool D opponents Japan – Dan Norton and Christian Lewis-Pratt grabbing two each.

A 22-7 win over Samoa then followed with England recovering from falling behind early on to book their place in the Cup knock-out stages.

The only blot on their copy book would be a narrow 5-0 loss to New Zealand in their final pool game, leaving them to face Pool A winners South Africa rather than runners up USA in the quarters on Sunday.

The final placings across each of the nine legs this series could prove pivotal this season with the top four teams overall securing a place at Rio 2016 – England having been chosen as the representatives for the home nations.

And Amor is looking for another high-intensity showing from his troops as they bid for a first Cup final appearance of the season.

“We're really pleased with the attitude of the guys - we played some good rugby in the opening two games but we're disappointed with the result against New Zealand,” he said.

“South Africa will be another tough game for us, but we'll prepare well."

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