Minor places taking shape following early Day Four action
As the competition draws to a close on the penultimate day of games, Great Britain and France set up a rematch in the 5th/6th play-off following their day four victories writes Nathaniel Holland.
This left todays early losers, South Africa and New Zealand to compete for the bottom two places tomorrow.
Great Britain 71-22 South Africa
Ten different try scorers piled misery on South Africa to book Great Britain’s place in the 5th place play-off tomorrow.
The host’s recovered quickly from their day three defeat to Japan to see off South Africa, who are yet to pick up a victory this week.
Paul Shaw used this game to give some of his squad players some court time with the likes of Jamie Stead, Paul McDerby and Mandip Sehmi not featuring at all in the last two games.
It was Stead who starred in the first quarter scoring seven tries to give GB a 16 point lead after eight minutes.
Alan Ash was also influential in the opening game of the day with his superb range of passing causing all sorts of problems for the Wheel Boks.
Coral Batey and Sehmi came on for the second period with the latter getting on the score sheet moments later.
GB were able to extend their lead heading into half time with a 35-11 score as they just looked too strong for South Africa.
Paul McDerby was also given some valuable court time and he quietly went about his business and soon racked up 10 tries by the time the final quarter came along.
Batey became the tenth try scorer when she rolled over the line in the final quarter to increase Great Britain’s advantage.
Ash scored his fifth try of the game in the closing moments as his GB side beat Australia’s record of most points scored in a game this week, winning the game 71-22.
New Zealand 47–50 France
France set up a rematch with Great Britain when they dramatically saw off New Zealand to pick up their first win of the week.
Oliver Cusin’s team had a torrid time in the pool stages, losing all three games, however they made amends with a 50-47 victory.
New Zealand had taken an early lead and gained a competitive edge through Paralympic gold medallist Sholto Taylor who scored four tries early on.
Maia Amai was on fine form again as she is really proving her worth in this tournament.
France took a one-point lead into the second quarter and that close score was a constant theme throughout.
Both sides were evenly matched in the second period and France maintained their one point advantage as the first half drew to a close.
The second half was tense as New Zealand rallied to regain the advantage that France had worked so hard to keep.
France, who have only named eight players in their squad this week rotated well and the combination of Ryadh Sallem and Jonathan Hivernat was dangerous in attack.
They managed to stretch their lead in the final minutes of the last quarter as New Zealand started to make mistakes and victory sets up a re-match from Monday evening’s game with Great Britain.