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Fiji fans reign supreme at Rugby World Cup Sevens

25 July 2018

The Canadian women finished seventh at Rugby Sevens World Cup tournament in San Francisco on Saturday after beating Russian Federation 22-10. "I can't wait to go home and show it back off to New Zealand".

If they get past the United States, the Black Ferns could be headed for another high-profile collision with archrival Australia in Saturday night's final.

In their second match of the day, the quarter-final against Ireland, Blyde again found her way across the chalk, increasing her tournament tally to five with a hat-trick of her own.

They finished seventh overall.

The Springbok Women ended in 14th position after losing 22-0 against Brazil in the 13th-place playoff.

Fiji coach Gareth Baber was satisfied at how his team had coped with the pressure of the tournament's new straight knockout format.

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.

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

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"We've worked it well and the players have delivered what they needed to today", Baber added.

France, who had upset Australia in the previous round, led 7-0 at half-time before New Zealand recovered to win through tries from Kurt Baker and Joe Ravouvou.

"They're winners. And they've come into a group of boys that are also winners", Baber said.

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.

"We've been preparing really well", he said.

Captain Tom Mitchell was acutely aware of the brutality.

It seems an anomaly that a side that has won the last two World Series and has another win and six second-place finishes in the nine years before that is yet to win any of the most prestigious sevens tournaments.

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

Fiji fans reign supreme at Rugby World Cup Sevens