London 7s - Day One Round-Up
May 24, 2002

England set up a quarter-final clash with Australia tomorrow after sweeping aside Samoa 27-0 in Friday night's final pool game of the London Sevens.

They led 15-0 at half-time thanks to two tries from Richard Haughton and one from Josh Lewsey.

The Samoans could find no way back after the break and further touchdowns from Ben Gollings and Lewsey and a conversion for Gollings wrapped up victory.

In the other games, Wales narrowly beat Fiji 28-26 to earn themselves a game in the last eight against Argentina, who were defeated 42-7 by South Africa.

New Zealand dismissed Australia 31-5 and will face Samoa in the quarter-finals while the other fixture tomorrow will be between South Africa and Fiji.

Both England and Wales remained unbeaten in their respective pools after convincing victories earlier in the day, where all the games went to form.

Joe Lydon's England side followed up a 40-0 whitewash of Canada with a comfortable 34-14 win over Spain.

Wales, meanwhile, trounced Scotland 40-12 to follow up their win over Russia.

The Scots had led the Fijians at half-time before slipping to a narrow 22-19 defeat and had clearly peaked as Wales ran roughshod over their Celtic cousins.

Having beaten Russia in their opening fixture, Wales were led to victory by a hat-trick from captain Emyr Lewis and with speedster Matthew Robinson running in two others, Scotland had little answer.

Martin Schusterman's last-minute score gave Argentina victory over France while South Africa beat Ireland 21-12.

France's Frederic Benazech has been banned for two matches after being cited for stamping on an opponent during their tight clash with Argentina.

Spain ran in two converted tries, one in each half, against Lydon's much-changed side but victory was never in doubt as England ran in six tries for the second time in consecutive games.

Saracens' winger Haughton scored a hat-trick against Canada but the scores were shared around against Spain, with Paul Sampson grabbing two, while Newcastle pair Michael Stephenson and Tom May plus Steve White-Cooper and Kevin Barrett scored one apiece.

The newly-crowned IRB World Sevens Series champions New Zealand continued the defence of their London title with a 52-0 victory over Portugal, which included a hat-trick for Brad Fleming.

The Kiwis had already accounted for Georgia and this afternoon Australia did the same, winning 24-7.

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