England face Fiji after record-breaking day
May 12, 2012
England's Chris Cracknell looks for an offload against the USA © Getty Images
England will play Fiji in the quarter-finals of the London Sevens after a record-breaking day at Twickenham.
More than 60,000 fans - the most ever for a sevens event - packed into Twickenham but the day ended with a touch of disappointment for the host nation as their defeat to Samoa put them on course for a last-eight clash with Fiji.
England went down 22-7 to Samoa in their final Pool B match after beating France 28-0 and the USA 15-5. Dan Norton's tries against France and the USA took him to 37 for the season - more than any Englishman has scored in a single HSBC Sevens World Series season.
Wales failed to reach the last eight after a shock 22-7 defeat against Spain, who now take on Samoa, while New Zealand face South Africa and Australia tackle Argentina in the other quarter-finals.
A quarter-final win for New Zealand would clinch their tenth series title in 13 years while England can make sure of third place in the table if they can repeat their victory over Fiji at last weekend's Glasgow Sevens.
England head coach Ben Ryan said: "We did okay in our first two games but the last one was one of the ugliest I've been involved in. We probably played into their hands a bit.
"We'll go away and press the reset button. We've got a 4-1 winning record against Fiji this season and we're playing them in London with a home crowd behind us. We'll give it a really good crack."
Norton overhauled Rob Thirlby's 2003-04 record against France with Sam Edgerley (2) and Tom Mitchell adding further tries with Mitchell converting all four. Edgerley and Mitchell were also on target against the USA. Against Samoa, England conceded first half tries to Taulagi Afamasaga and Tom Iosefo with Mat Turner scoring their consolation effort.
England v Fiji
Samoa v Spain
New Zealand v South Africa
Australia v Argentina
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