Rodwell ready for Fiji Cup quarter-final in Wellington

06 February 2015 / 12:25

James Rodwell insists England will be ready to take on Fiji in their Cup quarter-final after a solid first day at the Wellington leg of the World Sevens Series.

England opened up in some style in New Zealand as they bid to move closer and closer to securing qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

First up Rodwell and co comfortably beat Papua New Guinea 29-0 before turning their attentions to Canada, England going on to record a 27-5 victory.

However, England came unstuck in their final game of the day as they lost to the hosts 24-5, Rodwell scoring the visitors’ only try.

But it didn’t prevent England from marching on in the Cup and Rodwell insists confidence is still high ahead of a clash with the Fijians.

“We’re feeling pretty good after a tough day one,” he said. “We played well in the first two games and went into that third one against New Zealand feeling confident. We got off to a good start but made a few mistakes and then started to chase the game, which you can’t afford to do in sevens. It was a disappointing game to lose, but we can’t dwell on it.

“Fiji up next will be a massive challenge, but it’s one we’re ready for. There are no easy games in sevens.

“Day two is all about winning your matches, so we’ll rest up and recover and get ourselves ready to take them on.”

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