New boy McAvoy rescues England 7s
February 1, 2003

England booked their place in the knock-out stages of the IRB world series sevens tournament in Brisbane with an impressive 21-14 victory over Sevens specialists Fiji.

The star of the show was Harlequins wing Ben Gollings, who scored two tries and converted them himself after Newcastle's Phil Dowson had bundled over England's first touchdown, also goaled by Gollings.

Fiji had led 14-0 before England fought back, Raymond Rodan and Nasoni Rokobiau scoring tries which the latter converted.

The victory gave England a 100% record in their group, though they had not looked as convincing in their first two Pool D games against the Cook Islands and Japan.

Former Bradford Bulls rugby league star Nathan McAvoy played a decisive role as England made an unconvincing start to the IRB world series sevens tournament in Brisbane on Saturday.

McAvoy, who signed for Zurich Premiership club Saracens earlier this week, scored two tries during England's 22-19 victory over Japan.

The Japan win followed a 21-0 success against the Cook Islands, setting up a group decider later today when England tackle sevens giants Fiji.

England fell behind early after Japan's Yohei Shinomiya capitalised on a Henry Paul defensive blunder, but McAvoy then produced a dazzling 70-metre solo run to tie the scores.

Further tries by McAvoy, Northampton scrum-half Johnny Howard and Harlequins wing Ben Gollings saw England pull away. Japan though, fought back with two touchdowns to make the final scoreline worryingly close from England's perspective.

Saracens wing Richard Haughton claimed a try double during England's group opener against the Cook Islands, while Bath back Rob Thirlby also claimed a touchdown and Gollings landed all three conversions.

Fiji also remained unbeaten after their opening two games, following up a 31-12 success against Japan by defeating the Cook Islands 17-7.

The top two teams in each group will secure places in tomorrow's quarter-finals.

Game 24 - Australia defeated Samoa 35-7
Game 23- New Zealand defeated France 33-0
Game 22- England defeated Fiji 19-14
Game 21- Argentina defeated South Africa 25-21
Game 20- Tonga defeated Niue 19-15
Game 19- USA defeated China 38-0
Game 18- Japan defeated Cook Islands 33-12
Game 17- Canada defeated PNG 17-7
Game 16- Samoa defeated Tonga 19-15
Game 15- Australia defeated Niue 27-0
Game 14- France defeated USA 21-12
Game 13- New Zealand defeated China 61-0
Game 12- England defeated Japan 22-19
Game 11- Fiji defeated Cook Islands 17-7
Game 10- Argentina defeated Canada 22-7
Game 9- South Africa defeated PNG 49-0
Game 8- Samoa defeated Niue 24-0
Game 7- Australia defeated Tonga 41-0
Game 6- France defeated China 43-0
Game 5- New Zealand defeated USA 43-0
Game 4- England defeated Cook Islands 21-0
Game 3- Fiji defeated Japan 31-12
Game 2- Argentina defeated PNG 33-12
Game 1- South Africa defeated Canada 21-14

 
Pool A Played Won Lost For Against Points
New Zealand 3 3 0 137 0 9
France 3 2 1 64 45 7
USA 3 1 2 50 64 5
China 3 0 3 0 142 3

 
Pool B Played Won Lost For Against Points
Argentina 3 3 0 80 40 9
South Africa 3 2 1 91 39 7
Canada 3 1 2 38 50 5
PNG 3 0 3 19 99 3

 
Pool C Played Won Lost For Against Points
Australia 3 3 0 103 7 9
Samoa 3 2 1 50 50 7
Tonga 3 1 2 34 75 5
Niue 3 0 3 15 70 3

 
Pool D Played Won Lost For Against Points
England 3 3 0 62 33 9
Fiji 3 2 1 62 38 7
Japan 3 1 2 64 65 5
Cook Islands 3 0 3 19 71 3

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