Brilliant New Zealand romp to World Sevens crown

Posted July 25, 2018

Spain defeated Fiji 19-12 in the opening match of the tournament to set up a Championship quarterfinal with Australia, the Olympic and HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens series champions getting their campaign up and running against debutantes Papua New Guinea.

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 represents the third edition of the women's competition and the seventh of the men's, which was first held at Murrayfield, Scotland, in 1993.

New Zealand were also untroubled as the defending champions claimed a 29-5 success against Russian Federation.

Blyde was the star, opening the scoring early.

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In contrast to previous years, where teams played group games before the knockout stage, this year's event is a single elimination tournament.

"We can take a lot of confidence from our performance in Paris and we've had a boost with a couple of players returning from injury so we're really happy with where the squad is at the moment".

Their semi-final opponents New Zealand have also won two World Cups and would edge into the outright lead with a win, while South Africa have never won even one.

John Dalziel's side fought back from 26-0 down to win 31-26, with Jamie Farndale scoring the match-winning try in the last play of the game.

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Attention on Sunday will turn to the men's competition, where New Zealand will also be bidding to retain their title.

"It's going to be extremely tough with the knock-out format and the quality of teams".

South Africa recorded a comfortable 36-5 win over Scotland to progress through to the other semi, where they will meet England, who edged the United States 24-19 thanks to an extra time try from Phil Burgess.

"We've worked it well and the players have delivered what they needed to today", Baber added. They will meet the US in their semi-final on Sunday morning. The Boks led 7-0 early through a seven pointer from Selvyn Davids, but that was as good as it got as England fought back to win 29-7, after leading 17-7 at halftime.

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SA Points' scorer's v Ireland - Tries: Siviwe Soyizwapi (4), Justin Geduld (2), Werner Kok.