England Sevens strengthen Rio claim with third in Glasgow

10 May 2015 / 21:46

England sevens head coach Simon Amor insists his side are looking forward to next weekend’s Sevens World Series finale with confidence after finishing third in Glasgow on Sunday.

After progressing through the pool stages on Saturday, England opened their day with a 14-7 win quarter-final win over Canada.

That move them a step closer to a second successive Cup victory following their triumph in Tokyo last time out.

However New Zealand brought an end to that as Rieko Ione dived over with two minutes remaining in the semi-final to seal a 5-0 win.

Despite missing out on the final, England responded well with a 24-19 win over the USA to secure the bronze position, thanks to a two-try haul from Dan Norton and one apiece from Dan Bibby and Tom Mitchell.

The result helped cement England’s fourth-place position in the current rankings as they moved onto 117 points, 16 clear of Australia who are their nearest challengers for the top four spots required for automatic Olympic qualification.

"We created some opportunities in the semi-final against New Zealand but weren’t able to take them in difficult conditions,” said Amor.

“We have been able to rotate the squad, give players valuable game time which has been a real plus from the weekend and we feel good heading into London.

“It’s going to be a great occasion and with everything that the RFU and Marriott have done to build this event, we are really excited about playing in front of a world-record crowd.”

Overall victory went to Fiji after they beat New Zealand 24-17 in the final, while hosts Scotland lost out 12-10 to South Africa in the plate final, while Wales won the bowl final.

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