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SYDNEY 7s: Fiji leads NZ at half time

27 January 2018

A focused English outfit commenced with a 35-5 result over Papua New Guinea while the defending HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions, South Africa, beat Spain 38-0.

New Zealand had trailed 14-5 with halftime approaching but a converted try to Regan Ware cut Fiji's lead to 14-12 at the break.

New Zealand were equally impressive in their semi-final today, though.

This was the first tournament for Jess Breach since she switched into the sevens programme full-time and she has continued her fantastic try-scoring exploits from both the Red Roses and in the Tyrrells Premier 15s.

Fiji, South Africa, Argentina and Australia all negated the pool stages unbeaten in the corresponding men's competition. Perry Baker scored four tries in seven minutes, and set up one more, to secure the victory and their place in the Cup quarter-finals.

The women's team dominated both their quarter-final and semi-final without allowing a single point conceded against them, and will now play New Zealand in the tournament final tomorrow.

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Australia will meet Spain again in Saturday's quarterfinals while the United States will play Russia, New Zealand will meet Ireland and Canada will play France.

Russian Federation beat the United States 19-14 and Canada beat France 28-12 in other quarterfinals.

It was a score that proved invaluable in the match but also for Australia's fate in the tournament. Australia's tough defense forced an early turnover and Emilee Cherry crossed in the left corner for Australia's first try.

Australian coach Tim Walsh says it will be an epic game.

Co-captain Sharni Williams' try then continued the rout in the second half, but it was Emma Tonegato that had tongues wagging post-game.

"When we needed to tackle, we tackled, but (we just said) just get back to your feet and reload, put the pressure on them in our defensive structures and get in off the line and let them make the error rather than us trying to solve the problem". The side's second win of the day was more straightforward one, 26-12 over Wales, with William Ambaka Ndayara, Daniel Sikuta, Eden Agero and Arthur Ochieng all scoring tries.

SYDNEY 7s: Fiji leads NZ at half time