Three wins for English at Bordeaux
May 28, 2004

England opened their Bordeaux Sevens campaign by comfortably beating Kenya and Spain - and completing a clean sweep of their group opponents with a win over Australia.

Harlequins' Ugo Monye scored a brace of tries against the Wallabies and captain Simon Amor
(Gloucester) added a third, with Newcastle's Ben Gollings adding two conversions.

The game was finely balanced at half-time with the score 7-7 but England pulled away with two decisive second half tries from Monye and Amor to run out 19-12 victors.

England had earlier comfortably beaten Spain 36-12 in their second pool match. England took a 19-5 advantage into the break with tries from Pat Sanderson (Harlequins), Gollings and Rob Thirlby (Penzance & Newlyn), with Gollings adding two conversions.

Further tries were added in the second half courtesy of a Thirlby double and one from Monye. Henry Paul (Gloucester) converted one of the tries. Spain scored a late converted try.
England won their opening pool match 31-5 against Kenya with tries from Monye, Gollings, Phil Dowson (Newcastle), Amor and Richard Haughton (Saracens).

England now play either France, Canada or Russia in the quarter-finals.


Meanwhile Scotland secured a late win to salvage something on the first day. They lost 5-24 to South Africa in their first match and that was followed by a 19-26 defeat against a Fijian team including Waisale Serevi.

And they were up against it at 12-0 down against Portugal after David Gray had been sin-binned.
However Johnnie Weston scored just before the interval and further tries after the break saw them win 28-17.

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