Blitzboks to face USA in Vancouver Sevens quarter-finals

2020-03-08 07:34
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Canada scored two late tries to topple Fiji 26-21 on Saturday as they emerged unbeaten from pool play to book a Cup quarter-final clash with Spain at the Vancouver leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

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Canada trailed 14-12 in the second half but capitalized when Vilimoni Botitu was given a yellow card.

That led to Pat Kay scoring the go-ahead try, with Justin Douglas sprinting for a final try to seal it.

"That's one you dream of right there," Douglas said. "Anytime you play them in front of home fans and get a result like that it's huge for us."

Theo Sauder scored two tries for the Canadians, who had opened their home event with a 31-21 victory over France and capped their night with a 29-7 victory over Wales.

Fiji needed a 26-17 closing win over France to set up a quarter-final against series leaders New Zealand.

New Zealand routed Kenya 29-0 and Spain 31-0 before battling to a 33-24 victory over Ireland to remain unbeaten.

Ireland trailed 14-12 at halftime, but seized the lead with two tries before New Zealand rallied with tries from Vilimoni Koroi and Amanaki Nicole.

Australia powered into a quarter-final clash with England, capping their day with a 29-7 victory over the United States.

A hat-trick of tries to Lachie Miller and two for Henry Hutchison against the Americans saw Australia complete pool play unbeaten after a 33-19 win over Scotland and a 40-12 victory over Samoa.

South Africa, who battled back from 19-0 down to stun Fiji in the final of the Los Angeles Sevens last weekend, enjoyed a dominant first day, following a 12-0 victory over Japan with a 17-5 win over Argentina before trouncing England 38-0.

Despite that deflating result, England advanced on the back of a 31-0 win over Argentina, who were reduced to six men early in the first half, and a 29-0 shutout of Japan.

Results from the Vancouver Sevens on Saturday, the sixth leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series:

Pool A

England 31 Argentina 0

South Africa 12 Japan 0

England 29 Japan 0

South Africa 17 Argentina 5

Argentina 14 Japan 14

South Africa 38 England 0

Pool B

France 21 Canada 31

Fiji 26 Wales 19

France 19 Wales 21

Fiji 21 Canada 26

Canada 29 Wales 7

Fiji 26 France 17

Pool C

Ireland 26 Spain 28

New Zealand 29 Kenya 0

Ireland 14 Kenya 12

New Zealand 31 Spain 0

Spain 17 Kenya 14

New Zealand 33 Ireland 24

Pool D

United States 19 Samoa 5

Australia 33 Scotland 19

United States 28 Scotland 12

Australia 40 Samoa 12

Samoa 19 Scotland 19

Australia 29 United States 7

Sunday's Cup quarter-finals:

South Africa v United States - 20:19

New Zealand v Fiji - 20:41

Australia v England - 21:03

Canada v Spain  - 21:25

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