Black Ferns Sevens defend World Cup title, defeat France

Mae Harvey
July 25, 2018

Ireland took out the Challenge trophy final, beating Australia 24-14 at the RWC Sevens in San Francisco.

Naya Tapper scored two first-half tries as the hosts claimed a 21-5 halftime lead, but Russian Federation battled back to get within a score before Ilona Maher and Cheta Emba posted tries to ensure their semifinal showdown against New Zealand.

New Zealand won the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens by defeating France, 29-0 in the championship game.

The Fiji National Team's big fan is the chief of the Fiji Rugby Union. The epic battle of U.S. vs England got under way with America scoring first.

Samoa cut the deficit to just two points at the start of the second half, but England held on, with a pass from Ollie Lindsay-Hague helping Richard de Carpentier score their third try of the match.

As top seeds SA had a bye into round two, and to burn off some nervous energy waiting for their opening match, the team had a defence session in earlier in the day.

After losing in the final of the Commonwealth Games, the islanders gave up what seemed like an unassailable lead heading into the final round of the HSBC World Sevens Series to hand victory to South Africa.

New Zealand eased into the semi-finals of the women's competition
New Zealand eased into the semi-finals of the women's competition

Having edged past Chile Billy Dardis and Co were heavily defeated by South Africa in the round of 16 but can end the campaign on a high with two more wins. But only after a battle to a 19-all time.

The other semi-final is between Olympic champions Fiji and defending World champions New Zealand.

On day one, the Blitzboks caned Ireland 45-7.

Blyde's treble took her tally to the tournament to nine tries, crowning a superb weekend for the 22-year-old, the reigning women's world sevens player of the year.

"The guys on my inside did all the work". "We're pretty happy with ourselves". But the coaches decided on a training session earlier in the day and that helped us prepare, so we were ready for Ireland. "We want this team to create its own history and legacy", said Mikkelson.

New Zealand, meanwhile, were anything but impressive as they scraped past France 12-7 to progress. The New Zealanders had three men yellow carded in the first half and trailed 7-0 at the break.

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