Rio 2016: Great Britain beat New Zealand to qualify for knockout stages of Rugby 7s

England Rugby 7s skipper Tom Mitchell SUS-160324-100820001

England Rugby 7s skipper Tom Mitchell SUS-160324-100820001

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Great Britain’s rugby 7s side have reached the knockout stages of the Olympics after beating New Zealand 21-19 in the final group stage.

The victory means Great Britain, skippered by Cuckfield-born Tom Mitchell, have won three out of three after beating Kenya and Japan yesterday.

Mitchell said: “We were really clinical in our attack in the first half but you can never switch off against a team like New Zealand.

“They have shown their pedigree for so many years and they came back at us really hard in that second half. We struggled to get possession and we also struggled to get defensive shape because they were pulling us around.

“They have got some great players and big ball carriers but we scrambled well. A lot of that is hard graft and I’m so proud of the way the boys did that.

“We played really good sevens in the first half and they did the same in the second half but did well to get the win.

“We always want to do well and play hard because it is a privilege wearing the Team GB vest so we will continue to go out and give it our all. We’ll enjoy this for the next five minutes but then it is rest up and straight onto the next one.”

Japan, who shocked New Zealand yesterday, also went through from Team GB’s group.

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