England women fly into Sevens quarter finals

New Zealand's Michaela Blyde has become the fifth women to score 100 tries on the World Series circuit

New Zealand's Michaela Blyde has become the fifth women to score 100 tries on the World Series circuit

The US against France makes up the fourth quarter-final, with the semi-finals and final to be played tomorrow as well.

After several more minutes of intense attacking pressure, including two and a half more after the buzzer, New Zealand's incredible defence was rewarded with Scott Gregory exerting himself on the breakdown and winning a penalty.

That result sent out some warning signs, and the Springbok Sevens were then well and truly outplayed by England in their Cup quarter-final as they plunged to a humbling 22-5 defeat.

On Friday, New Zealand downed Canada 26-14 in the final of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, posting its fifth straight tournament win.

New Zealand and the U.S. will battle it out for the first silverware of the new HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in the final of the Dubai Sevens.

A converted try to Ngarohi McGarvey Black finished the scoring, as the New Zealand men followed their women's team from a day before in becoming champions. France increased its lead to 28-5 with Adam Zaruba in the sin-bin for not releasing on a try-saving tackle.

The Black Ferns Sevens will face Russian Federation in the first quarter-final of the Dubai Rugby Sevens at 6pm (NZT) after winning all their pool play matches on day one of the tournament.

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But of course it will be so hard and we need to focus now on Sunday - another derby against Arsenal. If you look at the fixtures, we are going to play 12 games in 40 days.

New Zealand were made to work harder in their 29-12 win over Russian Federation, with a first-half double from Goss and a second-half brace from Stacey Waaka getting them home after the match sat in the balance at 12-7 at halftime. Andrew Coe had two tries and Douglas, Nathan Hirayama and Pat Kay also scored in the win over Japan. We really pushed on from games one and two, where we went up against some of the best in the world and came out with some positives.

The Aussie men now head to Cape Town for the second leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series next weekend.

Canadian teammate Kayla Moleschi of Williams Lake concurred: "We all realize what the sweep of the year is about, but we take each game as it comes".

Canada will face Zimbabwe in the consolation Challenge Trophy quarterfinal.

Tournaments have bid to be part of the next four-year cycle, which starts with the 2019-20 season and with this award, it's hard to see the Vancouver event not continuing on as one of the ten world series events.

A top-four finish in the overall standings this season means automatic qualification for the 2020 Olympics.

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