Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

England beat South Africa to reach World Cup Sevens final

England beat South Africa to reach World Cup Sevens final

Inspired by the Black Ferns' triumph, the men have won through to their final, which kicks off at 12.53pm.

In a repeat of the 2013 final in Moscow, which New Zealand won 33-0, the Kiwis got the ideal start.

The Blitzboks had all the say in the first half and got the points to prove it when playmaker Justin Geduld sniped through after a quick tap and pass by Selvyn Davids.

The floodgates opened in the second half and tries to Jerry Tuwai, Josua Tuisova, Semi Radradra and Jasa Veremalua turned what was a willing contest into a rout.

With just hours remaining for Fiji's first game at the Rugby World Cup Sevens, coach Gareth Baber knows how important it is that the team deliver this weekend.

Burly Ruaridh McConnochie swatted away a Kiwi tackler to power over for a try down England's left edge.But Mitchell could not convert, leaving England trailing 19-12.

New Zealand sealed the game with 40 seconds to go after Akuila Rokolisoa scored under the posts, followed by Trael Joass after the final hooter.

In the women's competition, top seeds Australia and New Zealand coasted through their opening two matches, while France and the US also made it through to the Cup semi-finals.

Shortly afterwards he took his try tally to four (45-0) when he scored a converted try.

The Fijians went ahead 12-10 with a controversial try after the match officials ruled Amenoni Nasilasila's heel was not in touch after a desperation tackle by Collier.

Japan got the jump on the Olympic champions with the opening try before Semi Kunatani hit back to give Fiji a 7-5 lead, but the underdogs wouldn't lie down and found the line again through Jose Seru to lead at the break.

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