Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Blitzboks' World Cup dream ends with England thrashing

Blitzboks' World Cup dream ends with England thrashing

Scotland and France also won through to the Cup quarters, with the French upsetting Australia 22-17 in a ding-dong battle.

Scotland's Jamie Farndale dives in for a try under close attention from Kenya's Collins Injera during the Rugby World Cup Sevens at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

France next play New Zealand, who opened their campaign with an easy 29-5 victory against Russian Federation.

South Africa started with two playmakers in Justin Geduld and Selvyn Davids, and it was this ploy that led to Ireland's undoing. Fiji take on Argentina in a tough quarter-final clash. Japan posted the first try of the game, but Fiji hit back with scores from Semi Kunatani, Jose Seru, Jerry Tuwai, Josua Tuisova, Semi Radradra and Jasa Veremalua as the fixture turned into a rout.

Fiji will either meet Australia or New Zealand in the Cup semifinals.

New Zealand matched Fiji's physicality and created opportunity to capitalise on rare errors from the Olympic gold medallists.

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It will be a retained double men's and women's World Cup if New Zealand win, or England could end a 25-year wait.

They fell behind inside three minutes to the reigning World Sevens Series champions but responded impressively and built a 17-7 interval advantage through tries by Harry Glover, Tom Mitchell and Ruaridh McConnochie, with Mitchell adding one conversion. That was the only match to go against the seedings in the round of 16 with 2013 runners-up Canada, hosts USA, Russia, and France all keeping themselves in the race.

Ireland subsequently beat Russian Federation to set up a fifth/sixth-placed play-off clash against the Spaniards, and though they lost at AT&T Park, plenty of positives will be taken from the performances in the States.

The All Blacks Sevens will face England in the final later today after the English stunned South Africa 29-7 in the first semifinal.

Japan's day was much the same - after losing 33-7 to France they bounced back to beat Brazil 19-14 and will take on Fiji in the Challenge semis.

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