England women fly into Sevens quarter finals

Australian Men's Sevens coach Tim Walsh blamed a lack of composure at key moments for his team falling just short of a medal at the Dubai Sevens.

ZIMBABWE'S Cheetahs found the going tough on their return to the opening tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with Gilbert Nyamutsamba's men losing all their pool A games against tough opposition yesterday.

Australia also went through the mill in their semi-final and felt heartbreak at the death.

New Zealand had only two reserves instead of the usual five after a sapping 7-5 win over England in the semi-finals.

Tournaments have bid to be part of the next four-year cycle, which starts with the 2019-20 season and with this award, it's hard to see the Vancouver event not continuing on as one of the ten world series events.

Australia will meet Argentina in the quarter-finals on Saturday at 6:44pm AEDT while New Zealand will face Scotland, red-hot Fiji will take on the United States of America and reigning world series champions South Africa come up against England. "The boys put in an unreal shift, I'm really happy".

Canada finished ninth overall on the circuit last season.

New Zealand, with plenty of injury uncertainties coming out of Dubai, have drawn hosts South Africa, Samoa and a yet-to-be-named 16th team in Pool A for the Cape Town round of the World Sevens Series next weekend.

They meet France at 11:44am before wrapping up their Pool "B" outing against former Series champions Fiji at 6:06pm.

Quarterfinal: New Zealand 21 (Ngarohi McGarvey-Black, Amanaki Nicole, Andrew Knewstubb tries; Knewstubb 3 con) Scotland 7 (Harvey Elms try; Elms con).

A top-four finish this season means automatic qualification for the 2020 Olympics.

New Zealand were reduced to six at the start of the second half when Luke Masirewa was sin-binned for a high tackle, and a Martin Iosefo break drew the Kiwis to free Stephen Tomasin to score untouched for the Eagles. New Zealand faced England overnight in the semifinals.

Final: New Zealand 21 (Tone Ng Shiu, Dylan Collier, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black tries; Andrew Knewstubb 2 con, Vilimoni Koroi con) U.S. 5 (Stephen Tomasin try).