England into Cup quarter-finals at Sydney 7s


Update: 8:55PM FIJI hangs by a thread at the half time pool match with New Zealand in the HSBC World Sevens Series Sydney 7s.

Fiji led 14-12 at the break thanks to a double from Amenoni Nasilasila, however, New Zealand were 17-14 in front as the time went into the red.

And Olympic champions Fiji put on a second-half masterclass to beat Samoa 31-5 in a five-try performance that brought the crowd to life.

Charlotte Caslick continued her brilliant tournament when she slid through a gap to score Australia's first on the minute mark.

Both Friend and Holland were happy with the grit the side showed, something that will be crucial as they prepare for a New Zealand side smarting from a heartbreaking loss to Fiji on Saturday afternoon.

World Series champion South Africa, host Australia and Argentina also topped their pools in the men's competition.

Canada earned its place in the tournament's final four with a 28-12 victory over France earlier Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Australia beat the United States 26-19, defeated Canada 27-5 and edged Scotland 24-21 to top Pool D.

The women's team dominated both their quarter-final and semi-final without allowing a single point conceded against them, and will now play New Zealand in the tournament final tomorrow.

The final will be one of three women's matches played between men's fixtures, at 2.37pm AEDT.

Australia will play Russian Federation in the Sydney 7s semi-finals after Emma Tonegato provided the razzle dazzle in a 29-0 domination of Spain on Saturday morning.

The Australian women won all three of their pools matches on Day 1 yesterday and most impressively, they did so without conceding a single point. "It's going to be an epic game; they've got threats all over the place".

"When we needed to tackle, we tackled, but (we just said) just get back to your feet and reload, put the pressure on them in our defensive structures and get in off the line and let them make the error rather than us trying to solve the problem".

Lachie Anderson had his first try of the weekend, blitzing the field down the left edge to score Australia's second.