Pacific 7s sides struggle in Sydney

"It was good to get out there and get the first win of the tournament".

New Zealand scrambled desperately in defence but were unable to stop the massive Vakurunabili crashing over and giving Fiji first place in the pool.

Australia won the Sydney 7s after thrashing South Africa 29-0 in front of their home crowd.

Later, Argentina, who narrowly beat Kenya 7-5 Friday, qualified for the main cup quarter finals alongside Kenya, after a 19-12 win over France.

Earlier in the day in the first quarter-final of the day the USA dominated possession to shut out Pool A winners and Olympic champins Fiji, while South Africa had too much physicality and class for Kenya.

O'Donnell then grabbed his second in the last minute to complete the rout.

The Qantas Australian Women's Sevens side have created history after claiming the HSBC Sydney7s title thanks to a 31-nil victory over New Zealand in the Cup final.

The Manu were beaten 17-12 by Wales in the Challenge semis, while Papua New Guinea recorded a last gasp win over Spain in pool play but ended equal with the European side in a share of 15th place.

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Remarkably, the result means the Aussies didn't concede a point all tournament while scoring 213 points of their own across their six games.

The Aussie women face Russia in this afternoon's semi-final after the Russians edged past the U.S. 19-14 in their quarter-final match.

Australian captain Lewis Holland praised his team's will-to-win.

More defensive pressure led to another Kiwi turnover and Emma Sykes clinched the win with a try under the posts.

Australia broke the final open with two tries in the shadows of halftime on Sunday, the second coming via James Stannard from kick-off after the siren to build a 14-0 lead.

A punishment for Kenya afterwards would follow when they ensured they had the possession enabling Josua Vakurunabili to make a mark with the fourth try before Jeff Oluoch could get a consolation for the Shujaa.

That was done partly for logistical reasons - to share change room facilities and ensure standard rest times between games etcetra - but also because there are separate broadcast contracts for the womens and mens world series, and even separate sponsors.

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