Rokocoko helps New Zealander close in on World Series title
June 4, 2005

England face a quarter-final clash with Scotland tomorrow in the London Sevens at Twickenham with New Zealand closing in on an overall IRB Sevens series title.

The All Blacks face France, while South Africa tackle Australia and Fiji face Argentina in the remaining last eight ties.

England beat France 29-0 in their Pool B opener and followed up with a 33-5 win over Georgia before losing 19-15 to Samoa.

Richard Haughton scored two tries against the French, the others coming from Phil Dowson, Peter Richards and James Bailey.

Against the Georgians, the five England tryscorers were Dan Hipkiss, Tony
Roques, Will Matthews, Bailey and Mathew Tait.

In Pool A New Zealand outclassed Tunisia 27-0 and then Russia 36-7 - each put to the sword by Joe Rokocoko who scored three tries in each game - before proving too hot for Scotland, winning 36-0.

In the same pool Scotland had to come from behind to beat Russia 26-14, before narrowly beating Tunisia 17-0, who themselves beat the Russians 35-14 to finish third.

Pool B saw exactly the same result as at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong with England, Samoa and France finishing level in match points with first and second decided by points difference. Rob Thirlby's last-gasp try for England against Samoa saw France go through to the quarter-finals at the islanders' expense.

England asserted early authority in their London title defence, Richard Haughton touching down twice early on in the win over France.

David Lemi also scored three as Samoa started by beating Georgia 22-10 before going down to France. The last game of the day, though, proved decisive with Mike Friday's England side beaten by the islanders but topping the group with a points difference of +53. France finished second with +14 ahead of Samoa on +11.

Pool C was bossed by Fiji, who beat Australia 31-5 in the clincher.
Fiji strolled to a 42-0 victory over Canada and then an equally impressive 49-0 result against Italy before proving too strong for Australia. The Australians, meanwhile, had beaten Italy 21-7 and then the Canadians 33-0.

In pool D Argentina beat Kenya 38-0 and an impressive Portuguese second-string 24-17, while South Africa earlier beat Portugal 33-7 and then Kenya 24-12 to set up the pool decider, won by South Africa 24-21.

For the Day One results from London click here and for the day Two draw click here.

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