Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 - Day 2
England and Wales progress in Dubai
March 6, 2009

The Rugby World Cup Sevens in Dubai has served up a tantalising quarter-final line-up, with England facing Samoa and Wales looking to repeat their recent feat of defeating New Zealand.

England secured their passage with wins over Tunisia and Kenya, the Tunisians proving spiky opponents who looked capable of causing an upset. A conversion from Ben Gollings was all that separated the sides at the final whistle.

Samoa booked their automatic spot with a resounding 19-0 win over Australia, who were earlier beaten 24-21 by Ireland. The Samoans were in fine form throughout the day, earlier defeating a feisty Portugal side 20-7.

Kenya also progressed into the quarter-finals on points difference and face a tough ask in Fiji. Fiji emphatically defeated France 38-5 in their final Pool match, their ploy of re-calling their international stars working as Napolioni Nalaga put in a performance of pace and power quite unlike anything seen in the opening two days. They progressed into the quarter-finals after earlier defeating the United Stades 26-12

England's fellow top seeds South Africa secured a place in the last eight thanks to wins over Canada and Scotland, but their passage was far from easy. Canada, one of the surprise packages of the tournament so far, ran them close before losing 15-7 and the Scots went down 19-14. South Africa now face Argentina in the quarter-finals.

The Pumas, England's conquerors in the final at San Diego, went through after defeating Wales 14-0 thanks to tries from Santiago Gomez Cora and Gonzalo Camacho. Wales had earlier seen off Uruguay and did enough to progress on points difference, although they are staring down a huge challenge in New Zealand.

The Kiwis sauntered through their group, defeating the Arabian Gulf 41-5 in the opening game of the day before seeing off the challenge of their fierce rivals Tonga 24-7 in the day's closing fixture.

Full day two results:

New Zealand 41-5 Arabian Gulf (Pool A)
England 26-24 Tunisia (Pool E)
Samoa 20-7 Portugal (Pool D)
South Africa 15-7 Canada (Pool C)
Argentina 40-5 Zimbabwe (Pool F)
Fiji 26-12 USA (Pool B)
Kenya 43-7 Hong Kong (Pool E)
Tonga 31-10 Italy (Pool A)
Wales 27-0 Uruguay (Pool F)
Scotland 31-10 Japan (Pool C)
Australia 21-24 Ireland (Pool D)
France 33-0 Georgia (Pool B)
Zimbabwe 28-24 Uruguay (Pool F)
Canada 22-12 Japan (Pool C)
Tunisia 17-14 Hong Kong (Pool E)
Arabian Gulf 17-19 Italy (Pool A)
Portugal 17-5 Ireland (Pool D)
USA 33-5 Georgia (Pool B)
Argentina 14-0 Wales (Pool F)
South Africa 19-14 Scotland (Pool C)
Fiji 38-5 France (Pool B)
Samoa 19-0 Australia (Pool D)
England 26-7 Kenya (Pool E)
New Zealand 24-7 Tonga (Pool A)

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