Black Ferns too good for France to defend Sevens World Cup title

It's been a fine showing for Ireland in San Francsico

It's been a fine showing for Ireland in San Francsico

The Ireland women's team wrapped up a hugely successful showing at the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament, finishing in sixth place after a 12-7 defeat to Spain.

The Eagles next play England in the Championship Cup quarterfinals on Saturday. Fiji take on Argentina in a tough quarter-final clash.

France next play New Zealand, who opened their campaign with an easy 29-5 victory against Russian Federation.

Hat-trick hero against Kenya Joseph Conroy was next to get in on the act as he got the better of his man, Morgan, to score Ireland's fourth try of the game with three minutes to go.

The New Zealanders overcame England 33-12 to retain the title in San Francisco.

The reigning back-to-back World Sevens Series champions were the favourites heading into the match against Ireland.

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Five years ago, the New Zealand men's and women's sevens teams won their respective World Cup titles.

New Zealand seized control of the decider to lead 15-0 at halftime thanks to tries from Michaela Blyde, Portia Woodman and Tyla Nathan-Wong, the latter from a quick tap with time up on the clock.

Naya Tapper scored two first-half tries as the hosts claimed a 21-5 halftime lead, but Russian Federation battled back to get within a score before Ilona Maher and Cheta Emba posted tries to ensure their semifinal showdown against New Zealand.

Fiji will either meet Australia or New Zealand in the Cup semifinals.

This cup knockout format promoted the chances of some shocks, but getting seeds one to four through to the semis suggested the top two seeds of South Africa and Fiji contesting the final.