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England Women make sure not to leave Sydney empty-handed

29 January 2018

The first-up win over Spain, in which Emma Sykes scored two tries, set the tone for the hosts' day.

The Fiji men beat New Zealand and Samoa to top their pool before a heavy 24-7 defeat to the US in the Cup quarter finals and 31-7 loss against the All Blacks Sevens in the playoff for fifth place.

Since the women's world series began in 2012, no team had ever before gone an entire tournament without conceding a point.

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Shujaa are placed 11 on the log with 13 points after reaching the cup quarterfinal in Dubai and finishing 13 overall in Cape Town.

Aussie womens coach Tim Walsh called for the tournament to a model for all others to follow and grow the womens world series, and Kiwi superstar Portia Woodman backed his calls by saying New Zealand - and others - should copy Sydney.

"It is also great to share the spotlight with the women in Sydney".

Australia will play South Africa in the men's Sydney 7s final after cruising past Argentina 28-0.

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It is a major breakthrough for a side that had earmarked the Sydney tournament, as well as April's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, as ones to win in the preseason.

Australia launched into their semi-final clash with Evania Pelite earning a split brow after her aggressive defence put Russian Federation on the back foot.

"It was a tough battle out there but I'm proud of us", Parry said."We know off the back of a good defense we're going to win tournaments".

"We like to see combined tournaments", the World Rugby chief executive said.

The miss tackles came back to haunt them as the Australians powered through the defensive line, using a grubber to finish off the third try of the match.

England had got their campaign Down Under off the ideal start as they beat Dubail finalists US 28-24 in pool B, as Breach scored two tries on her first appearance since switching to the sevens programme full-time.

"Our coach Tim Walsh wanted a better defensive effort in this tournament as it was not up to par previous year, so we have worked really hard on it and we finished without conceding a try which is awesome".

England Women make sure not to leave Sydney empty-handed