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England to face New Zealand in final

23 July 2018

Cape Town - The South African Sevens team have crashed out of the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in the semi-final stage against England in San Francisco.

The Eagles next play England in the Championship Cup quarterfinals on Saturday.

The New Zealanders overcame England 33-12 to retain the title in San Francisco. Malu Falaniko scored a consolation try in overtime, but it would prove too late for a comeback.

The reigning back-to-back World Sevens Series champions were the favourites heading into the match against Ireland.

It only took seven minutes in total for the Tullamore man to register his hat-trick against the Kenyans, who made the last four of the Rugby World Cup in both 2009 and 2013.

Ireland had earlier shocked England, seeded one place above them in eighth, with Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe's second try proving the difference as her side won 19-14. Black Ferns Sevens captain Sarah Goss posted the first hat-trick of the tournament against Mexico, while Michaela Blyde bagged three against Ireland to end the day on top of the try charts with five. Collier put New Zealand back in front before a moment of controversy just before halftime when Fijian Amenoni Nasilasila scored a brilliant chip and chase try.

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

The Cup semis start at 7.40am Monday and Fiji will either meet South Africa, England or U.S. in the Final at 12.49pm Monday.

England to face New Zealand in final