Big guns safely into China quarter finals

(IRB.COM) Saturday 30 March 2013
 
 Big guns safely into China quarter finals
Brazil earned a draw against Netherlands to help them into the Cup quarters

Brazil and Ireland will join New Zealand, Canada, England, Australia, USA and Netherlands in the Cup quarter finals of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series China event in Guangzhou after a day of rain, lightning and great rugby in Southern China.

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Series leaders New Zealand secured top ranking spot for day two and will face Ireland in their Cup quarter final. Canada, impressive in wins over Ireland, Japan and Australia, edge Houston champions England into second in the end-of-day rankings. Canada will face seventh-ranked Brazil in their Cup quarter final.

England, who defeated USA in the key Pool C clash, will play the Netherlands, who drew with Brazil in between a win over Tunisia and a loss to New Zealand.

Australia will take on USA in the other Cup quarter final.

Bowl semis

Hosts China were unlucky not to make the Cup quarters, being edged out by Ireland on points difference. They will play Tunisia in the first Bowl semi final.

Fiji, who led England at one stage and showed some sublime handling skills in difficult conditions, will face Japan in the other Bowl semi final.

On a day of near-continual rain and a 40-minute delay during a lightning storm, the standard of rugby on show was impressive, whilst the pitch held up extremely well.

The action resumes at 10am local time (2am GMT) on Sunday with the first Cup quarter final between New Zealand and Ireland.

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Round 4
5-6 April 2014

Venue: Guangzhou Uni Town Stadium
City: Guangzhou
Capacity: 50,000

 
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TeamPts
1New ZealandNew Zealand96
2AustraliaAustralia92
3CanadaCanada80
4EnglandEngland60
5RussiaRussia56
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