Fiji, NZ impress as Aussies crash out of Sevens

Rugby World Cup Sevens Perry Baker sparkles as big guns dominate day one

The Black Ferns became the first team in history to win back-to-back Rugby World Cup Sevens titles after beating France 29-0 in today's final thanks to a hat-trick from 22-year-old Michaela Blyde.

Earlier in the weekend, South Africa's Blitzboks qualified for their first ever World Cup semi-final with an imposing 36-5 win against Scotland.

Speaking after Thursday's Captain's Run, All Blacks co-captain Tim Mikkelson, player of the tournament at the 2013 Rugby World Cup, said there are similarities between the team in San Francisco and the team that won the last title in Moscow.

In the end, New Zealand prevented the French attack from earning a try or racking up any points on the board. Likewise, the United States reached the semifinals for the third straight Rugby World Cup Sevens that featured a women's tournament.

The defeats ruled them out of Cup and Trophy contention respectively and the team will now contest the 13th place play-off against Mexico on Saturday.

In a scintillating encounter, Anne-Cecile Ciofani scored after the hooter to give Les Bleus a 19-12 victory.

France next play New Zealand, who opened their campaign with an easy 29-5 victory against Russian Federation.

New Zealand are now scheduled to face usa, the home team having beaten Russian Federation 33-17 in their last eight match.

The Blitzboks, boosted by four tries from winger, Siviwe Soyizwapi, totally outplayed their Irish opponents at AT&T Park, with their opponents scoring their only points in the last play of the match.

"It's an awesome day", said captain Sarah Goss. But the coaches decided on a training session earlier in the day and that helped us prepare, so we were ready for Ireland.

Goss says that's just the nature of the reigning World Rugby sevens coach of the year.

New Zealand will play the United States in Saturday's semi-finals.

A three-try first half onslaught saw the Black Ferns go back to back in the women's rugby Sevens World Cup. The Black Ferns were made to fight all the way in beating the US in the semi-finals and the final proved a stroll by comparison.



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