IRB Sevens: Kenya qualifies for main cup quarters

29 January, 2018, 02:41 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Members of Australia's Sevens rugby team celebrate with the trophy. AFP

Australia has steamrolled New Zealand in the Sydney Sevens women's final claiming a 31-0 win.

Fiji plays the United States, South Africa faces Kenya, Argentina takes on England and Australia meets New Zealand in Sunday's quarterfinals.

The last ditch effort by Jeffrey Oluoch failed to spur Shujaa as their run ended in Sydney, which was a considerable improvement after they had finished 13th in Cape Town in December.

Australia's women went through the tournament without conceding a try, a first in the Women's Sevens Series.

"For them to turn up and do that in a World Series and knock off a New Zealand and South Africa must give them belief", Walsh said.

All Blacks lost to Australia 24-12, while Fiji stunningly lost to US 24-7 in the other main Cup quarterfinals to drop to fifth place play-offs.

It jarred the New Zealanders in tackles, loosening passes, and made it impossible for the defending world champions to play their usual fluent style.

Rugby Australia had to move Sydney Sevens to the Australia Day weekend to make it fully integrated and paid a price, with only 55,000 attending - 20,000 down on past year.

Switzerland's Roger Federer holds the trophy after defeating Croatia's Marin Cilic in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne Australia Sunday Jan. 28 2018. AP
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Having looked ominously unsafe through the three days of the Sydney Sevens, South Africa fell short to the host team as they went down 29-0 to Australia.

They're also the first host team to win a women's Sevens event on home soil.

Of course, New Zealand have been nearly equally as impressive, they've dominated their opponents too, and this promises to be a titanic showdown.

Australia were too good for Canada in their second pool match.

"It is part of the assessment and was part of this assessment with the recent World Cup", Gosper said of Sydney's plans to improve its sporting infrastructure.

Ben O'Donnell continued the carnage with two tries on the left flank as Australia's dream night was completed against the pre-game favourites.

"The boys backed up from game one to game six and we developed and we grew", Australian captain Lewis Holland said. "We didn't have the energy and the intelligence to stand up against New Zealand and it is very disappointing".

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