England finish third on the Gold Coast
October 13, 2013
England made a solid start to the 2013-14 HSBC Sevens World Series © Getty Images
Simon Amor kicked off his tenure in charge of the England Sevens side by guiding them to third place in the Gold Coast leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Amor's side overcame former England coach Ben Ryan's Fiji 26-12 in the quarter-finals with Mike Ellery grabbing a brace of tries. They then took on the reigning IRB Sevens world champions New Zealand but lost 14-5.
That result saw them play South Africa in the play-off and they smashed the Blitzbokke 47-0. They ran in seven tries in total with two apiece from forwards Phil Burgess and James Rodwell, a brace from fly half Dan Bibby and a fourth of the day from Mike Ellery.
It was New Zealand who took the tournament beating Australia 40-19 in the final. Australia took a quick 12-0 lead but the Kiwis then pulled away with Ambrose Curtis grabbing a double alongside further scores from Tomasi Cama, Waisake Naholo, Joe Webber and David Raikuna.
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