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Sevens giants crash out


Australia and England, two of the big name teams in rugby sevens, are out of the main competition after losing thrilling quarter-finals on Saturday to Samoa and Fiji respectively.

Canada v New Zealand

Canada take on the Kiwis

Samoa, who lost to Kenya in the pool phase, led Australia 12-0 at half-time. The Australians fought back with two tries, the last, by Julian Huxley, right on the final whistle.

Huxley, needing to convert to take the match into extra time, saw his attempt agonisingly hit a post and bounce clear. Samoa were through 12-10.

After a scoreless first half, Englandís Paul Sampson went over in the corner to put the home side in front 5-0. But a lapse in Englandís defence let Rupeni Caucaunibuca kick through and score under the posts.

Fijiís captain Waisale Sereviconverted to make it 7-5. England fought bravely in the dying seconds but couldnít breach Fijiís defence.

At 12-0 up in the first half, South Africa looked to be cruising against Canada, but tries from Fred Asselin and Nikyta Witkowski brought Canada level after the break.

Just when it looked like the match would go into extra time, South Africaís Jean DE Villiers broke clear on the left and dived deliriously over the line in the last attack of the game to seal the victory. South Africa meet Fiji in the semi-finals.

New Zealand were the first team to book a place in the semis after an easy-looking 24-0 win over Wales. The All Blacks scored in the first minute and led the Welsh 14-0 at half time. Mils Muliaina scored two tries in the second half to push New Zealand further ahead, and into a semi-final on Sunday against Samoa.

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