(ISN) – Hosts Brazil reached the quarter finals of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series second round after impressive victories in Sao Paulo on Saturday.
After a humbling 40-0 defeat to Australia, the hosts picked themselves up in time to beat Fiji (26-14) and China (24-14) in front of a raucous home crowd in Arena Barueri. They now face France in the cup quarter-finals, after the French qualified for the last eight, despite a heavy defeat to New Zealand in pool A.
The reigning champions qualified on top of the standings after day one, and face USA in the quarter finals on Sunday.
Australia had three resounding victories in the Brazilian sunshine, as they recorded wins against Brazil, China (38-7) and Fiji (38-7). Tim Walsh’s charges will now meet England in the last eight, in what is sure to be a classic encounter.
Sunday’s other quarter final will see Canada play Russia for the second time this weekend, after the two sides qualified from pool C.
After a week of grey skies and thunderstorms, the sun shone on the São Paulo suburbs on Saturday with samba bands joining the fans in Arena Barueri. The fast, dry pitch suited the likes of New Zealand, Australia, Canada and France, who came into the second round of the series in the top four in the standings. Saturday also saw New Zealand’s Portia Woodman become the first player to score 50 tries on the Women’s Sevens Series when she touched down against USA during their 35-12 victory. The winger also managed to score five tries in one match, as her side put France to the sword, 54-0.
All teams will be hoping to cement their places there by the time Amsterdam comes around in May, with Olympic qualification on the line for the top four sides at the end of the season.
The action resumes at 11.00 on Sunday (GMT – 2) with New Zealand taking on USA in the first quarter-final.