Wales Sevens qualify for Cup quarters' in Edinburgh
31 May 2009 10:50am
Wales will face Pool C winners, Kenya in the quarter finals of the Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens Cup at Murrayfield after finishing second in their group behind winners Samoa on Sunday.
Caoch Paul John said: "We know that Kenya will be a difficult side to beat. They're a class outfit this season and they certainly looked good in beating England.
They've got very good results this season and deserved to be where they are in the IRB table"
Wales showed their determination to right the wrongs of Twickeham in their opening tie against Argentina, despite trailing 17-7 to their south American opponents after leading try-scorer Santiago Gomez Cora had bagged a hat-trick of scores in reply to Wales' opening score by Rhys Shellard.
Ifan Evans put Wales back on track with a try early in the second half and then with Wales dominating possession and retaining ball with genuine sevens skill, skipper Lee Beach exploited a massive overlap to run in his side's third try, levelling the scores at 17-17.
All that remained was for Aled Thomas to add the conversion goal. The London Welsh fly half made no mistake and Wales were back on the winning trail.
Then against Samoa. Wales held the pacific islanders to 7-7 at half time , Tom Isaacs answering an early try by Uale Mai. Wales lost Lee Evans with a shoulder injury but his replacement, Tal Selley, made an immediate impact with a solo try, the coversion by Aled Thomas giving the Welsh seven a 14-7 advantage.
Samoa then stepped up their game scoring tries by Lolo Lui and Mikaele Pesamino to win 21-14, leaving Wales requiring to knock up a big score against Georgia.
The target was to exceed Argentina's 54-0 win over Georgia and it looked on course as Will Harries ran in a Hat-trick which together with Rhys Jones try and two conversions gave Wales a 24-0 half time lead.
The points procession continued with tries by James Merriman, Jones, and Jimmy Norris before being interrupted by a Georgia score. But in the dying seconds Wales bagged a final score , this time by Ifan Evans for a 50-7 win.
Wales fate now depended on the result of the Argentina v Samoa tie. Samoa, ensured Wales' progress to the Cup with a 42-7 win to top the group leaving Wales in clear second position.
Wales : Lee Williams, Tom Isaacs, James Merriman, Ifan Evans, Rhys Shellard, Aled Thomas, Lee Beach, Rhys Jones, Will Harries, Tal Selley, Jimmy Norris, Jevon Groves.
Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens
Results Day One
Pool A South Africa 33 France 10, New Zealand 29 USA 5, South Africa 34
USA 5, New Zealand 22 France 5, France 26 USA 7, South Africa 14 New
Zealand 12 Pool B Fiji 41 Portugal 7, Australia 24 Spain 7, Fiji
48 Spain 0, Australia 29 Portugal 0, Portugal 33 Spain 10, Fiji 24
Australia 19 Pool C Kenya 28 Canada 0, England 17 Scotland 33, Kenya 22
Scotland 17, England 26 Canada 12, Kenya 21 England 14, Canada
Scotland Pool D Argentina 17 Wales 19, Samoa 38 Georgia 7, Argentina
54 Georgia 0, Samoa 21 Wales 14, Wales 50 Georgia 7, Argentina 7 Samoa 42
Cup quarter finals South Africa v Australia, Samoa v Scotland , Kenya v Wales, Fiji v New Zealand.
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Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.