New Zealand romp to World Sevens crown

New Zealand romp to World Sevens crown

Eagles superstar Perry Baker, who had written in his exclusive tournament preview for ESPN that he believed the hosts could win the trophy and that "the sky is the limit for rugby in America", scored two tries while Martin Iosefo, Danny Barrett and Carlin Isles also touched down in the final game of the day.

"But I wouldn't be able to do it without the girls who are out on the field with me".

New Zealand took advantage of a France penalty to extend its lead by five. "They are a quality side and we will have to be at our very best if we want to continue in the competition", Snyman said.

The New Zealanders' superior pace and unwavering defence proved the difference, Blyde's hat-trick in the final taking her tally to a tournament high of nine tries.

They're now set to play England in the final.

Kenya, who have reached the semi-finals in the last two Rugby World Cup Sevens, struggled after losing two players to yellow cards, opening the door for a flurry of tries from Scotland before the dramatic finale.

In the women's tournament meanwhile, New Zealand marked themselves out as the team to beat with two emphatic wins, piling up more than 100 points without conceding a point in wins over Mexico and Ireland.

"Moscow was a special moment, we were an inexperienced team and it was incredible to take a Rugby World Cup home to New Zealand", she said.

Fiji's Kalione Nasoko runs against Japan during the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco Friday
Fiji's Kalione Nasoko runs against Japan during the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco Friday

Their toughest game came in the semi-finals earlier Saturday, when they were pushed all the way in a 26-21 win over the United States.

Canada finished seventh after beating Russian Federation 22-10.

Attention on Sunday will turn to the men's competition, where New Zealand will also be bidding to retain their title.

"We really played well against Russian Federation in our opening match, but against China we unfortunately did not deliver the same effort and commitment and I am not happy about that", the coach explained.

England will also fancy their chances after ruining the hopes of hosts United States of America with an extra-time win in the quarter-finals.

Captain Tom Mitchell was acutely aware of the brutality.

South Africa, who have never won the World Cup, outclassed the Scots with another clinical performance.

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