Four tries for Soyizwapi as Blitzboks cruise into World Cup quarter-finals

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Ireland women take sixth at Rugby World Cup Sevens

It is the first time in 21 years the Sevens Boks have made it this far in the World Cup.

"Just seeing girls step up and have a lot of fun is all you can ask for, and I think we've done the black jersey extremely proud".

"It's definitely going to give us extra motivation to do the same again here in San Francisco", said Sarah Goss, New Zealand women's captain. South Africa won the third place play-off against Fiji 24-19.

"It's an unbelievable day", said captain Sarah Goss.

"Extremely proud, not just of this weekend but the whole season, obviously it started off a little bit shaky but to win two pinnacle events in one year I'm extremely proud and very, very grateful to have such unbelievable sisters and management around me".

A hat-trick to Michaela Blyde and tries to Portia Woodman and Tyla Nathan-Wong saw the Black Ferns dominate the final, and back up their 2013 success.

"Everyone's real. We genuinely love each other, we genuinely are family".

Fiji's Kalione Nasoko runs against Japan during the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco Friday
Fiji's Kalione Nasoko runs against Japan during the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco Friday

As top seeds SA had a bye into round two, and to burn off some nervous energy waiting for their opening match, the team had a defence session in earlier in the day.

New Zealand barely engaged second gear in defeating Rugby World Cup Sevens debutantes Mexico 57-0 in the Round of 16 before powering past Ireland in the Championship quarterfinals.

"When a Fijian team gets that sort of momentum they're very hard to beat", said Fiji's satisfied coach Gareth Baber.

Soyizwapi was in rampant mood as South Africa thrashed Ireland 45-7 in their World Cup opener in San Francisco on Saturday to set up a last eight clash with the Scots.

The men in green finished the tournament in some style, defeating Australia 24-14 in the Challenge Trophy final in San Francisco.

Down 14-7 late in the first half, the defending champions kept their cool and prevailed with three consecutive tries to seal the win, setting up a decider against surprise opponents France.

The holders are likely to face a daunting semi-final battle with favourites Fiji however, who lit up day two with a 43-7 rout of Argentina in the quarter-finals.

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