Black Ferns beaten in sevens quarter-final

Black Ferns beaten in sevens quarter-final

Black Ferns beaten in sevens quarter-final

First-half tries from Rosko Specman, former World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year Seabelo Senatla and HSBC Player of the Final Kwagga Smith put the Blitzboks 19-0 up against New Zealand, who were chasing their first tournament win since Vancouver in 2016.

However, Shujaa's defensive frailties were exposed against Series champions South Africa who humiliated them 48-5 in their second match.

In the other semi-final, England captain Tom Mitchell was instrumental in his side's first try, setting up Ruaridh McConnochie off a set piece line out on the New Zealand 10 metre line.

South Africa beat Olympic champions Fiji 12-7 in the semi-final and New Zealand came from behind to beat England 14-5.

But in the dying embers‚ Tim Agaba drove over from close range to seal with win and secure the Blitzboks the maximum 22 log points. Woodman's try had given New Zealand a 12-7 lead, but they couldn't hold on under a wave of pressure.

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"We kind of let them back into the game", said Snyman.

"It was the first tournament of the year so there were a lot of mistakes and lots we can work on as we turn our attention to Cape Town next week".

"We aren't focused on the result‚ we are focused on the processes and our aim is to leave the pitch happy knowing we did all we can‚ even if the result doesn't go our way".

"We're also really pleased with some of the young guys who played today like Harry Glover who was fantastic and showed some great glimpses as well as Ben Howard who made his World Series debut today - we saw some really good stuff from him".

England pipped Fiji 28-21 to win the Bronze final, while France beat Spain 21-12 to win the Challenge Trophy.

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