Gollings breaking records in Wellington
February 4, 2005

With a crowd booing whenever England scored, Ben Gollings became the highest points scorer in the history of the IRB Sevens. His try in the fifth minute against Niue in Wellington meant the 24 year old from Cornwall overtook the Fijian sevens legend Waisale Serevi who has scored 1033 points.

Gollings was thrilled with his achievement saying "It was something I was aiming for in my career and to have got it today here in New Zealand is really good. Wellington is a fantastic place to play sevens, the atmosphere is really picking up as the day goes on and the rugby is awesome."

As with their first pool game England improved as the match went on. An early try from Ollie Phillips (Newcastle Falcons) was matched by one from Matt Faleuka of Niue. But then Ben Gollings scored his 99th try of his IRB Sevens career and with a successful conversion the score was 12-7 to England. From then on it was all about England with another first half try this time from Ben Russell of Saracens.

After the break Ollie Phillips scored his second try of the match and he was joined on the score sheet by captain Simon Amor (Gloucester), making a welcome return to the sevens pitch after his injury in Dubai. Further tries from James Brooks (London Wasps) and new cap Andy Vilk (Northampton Saints) meant England secured a comfortable 41-7 win over the South Pacific Islanders.


England: Tries - Ollie Phillips (2), Ben Gollings, Ben Russell, Simon Amor, James Brooks, Andy Vilk.

Conversions - Gollings (3)

Niue: Tries - Matt Faleuka

Conversion - Afele Leona

England: Ben Russell (Saracens), Dan Hipkiss (Leicester Tigers), Ollie Phillips (Newcastle Falcons), Andy Vilk (Northampton Saints), Simon Amor (Gloucester, Captain), Ben Gollings (unattached), Peter Richards (London Wasps)

Reps: James Bailey (Gloucester) rep Russell, James Brooks (London Wasps) rep Gollings

Reps not used: Tony Roques (London Irish), Geoff Appleford (London Irish), Rob Thirlby (Penzance & Newlyn)

Niue: Vincent Pihigia, James Asekona, Afa Laufoli, Matt Faleuka (captain), Robbie Kahu, Ricki Helagi, Afele Leona

Reps: Poi Okesene, Owen Jackson, Poi Kapaga, Mana Tikoipau, Saimoni Toga

Referee: Brett Bowden (Australia)

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