No major upsets with new format at Rugby World Cup Sevens

No major upsets with new format at Rugby World Cup Sevens

No major upsets with new format at Rugby World Cup Sevens

New Zealand, bidding to become the first team in history to claim back-to-back World Cup Sevens crowns, overpowered Russian Federation 29-5 to book their place in the quarter-finals at AT&T Park, home of baseball's San Francisco Giants. Trailing at halftime after two tries from Eagles' Naya Tapper, New Zealand scored three in the second period to win 26-21.

Michaela Blyde was the star for the New Zealanders with a brilliant hat-trick as France were crushed 29-0 in a one-sided final at AT&T Park.

"I was quite fortunate out there today", Soyizwapi said after becoming only the ninth player to score four tries in a Rugby World Cup Sevens match.

The men beat Kenya, Wales and Australia while the women secured their best ever World Cup finish as they came sixth after losing to Spain in a tough play-off match. We want this team to create its own history and legacy.

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Allan Bunting's side kept a clean sheet through yesterday's opening two knockout games, before overcoming a relentless US side in the semifinals, coming from 14-12 down to win 26-19 in a thrilling final four match-up.

The New Zealanders' superior pace and unwavering defence proved the difference, Blyde's hat-trick in the final taking her tally to a tournament high of nine tries.

Men's action is scheduled to conclude on Sunday (July 22).

"We had our disappointment with that", Baber said.

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Bianca Farella looked to have forced extra-time for the Canadians after diving over in the corner to tie the contest at 19-19 but France swept back with a long-range attack which ended with Drouin crashing over from a couple of yards out for the winning score.

England will face top seeds South Africa in the last four after the Blitzboks trounced Scotland 36-5.

The host nation have emerged as a genuine force on the world sevens circuit, where they have recorded victories in London and Las Vegas in recent years.

Werner Kok started the rout after crashing through two Scottish tackles to open the scoring early in the first half.

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