Wales progress as England falter
March 23, 2013
Former Fiji star Waisale Serevi was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame during a thriling day of action in Hong Kong © Getty Images
Wales will fly the flag for the Home Nations in the quarter-finals of the latest HSBC Sevens Series event in Hong Kong.
The reigning Rugby World Cup Sevens champions booked their place in the last eight of the Cup competition by following their opening day 19-14 victory over Australia with a 19-14 success against Argentina. A heavy 31-0 defeat to South Africa in their final outing was not enough to prevent them from finishing top of Pool A with Australia joining them in the knock-out stages having edged out Argentina 12-5 in their final clash.
England saw their hopes of a second title this year fade with a 22-7 victory over Portugal not enough to make up for their earlier efforts - a 28-7 defeat to Samoa on the opening day and a 14-5 loss to Scotland. Portugal topped Pool C thanks largely to a dramatic last gasp 14-10 victory over Samoa with the Pacific islanders also progressing following a 12-12 draw with the Scots.
Defending champions Fiji followed their 36-0 mauling of hosts Hong Kong yesterday with a 22-12 victory over Spain and a 26-5 win against Canada with the latter booking a rare quarter-final appearance thanks to a narrow 14-12 victory over Hong Kong.
New Zealand are also yet to taste defeat with their opening 33-12 success against France followed up with a crushing 31-7 victory over Kenya and a battling 24-12 win against the USA. Kenya complete the quarter-final picture having edged out France 19-17.
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