Highlights: All Blacks Sevens knocked out of Sydney Sevens by England

Australian Captain Sharni Williams and New Zealand Captain Sarah Goss pose during a Sydney Sevens captain's media opportunity at Blues Point Reserve

Australia's men have fallen short of a Sydney Sevens final berth, losing 26-12 to top-ranked South Africa in the semi-finals.

For the second week in a row, South Africa's superstar performer Seabelo Senatla was the HSBC Player of the Final.

The Kiwis won all their three pool matches to top Pool C while the Osea Kolinisau-led side came second in Pool B after they suffered a shocking 28-15 loss to Wales.

"It is bitter sweet, we play here with family so it is a pity to be leaving the family but it's a new challenge I am excited for".

It was South Africa's first Sevens win in Australia since their back-to-back titles in Adelaide in 2008 and 2009. "They were the better team in that final and sometimes in sevens you have to put your hands up and say that they got it right and we got it wrong".

Alicia Quirk Ellia Green and Emilee Cherry pose with Olympic Gold Medals at Observatory Hill
Alicia Quirk Ellia Green and Emilee Cherry pose with Olympic Gold Medals at Observatory Hill Zak Kaczmarek

Captain Philip Snyman opened the scoring in the first minute and England were three tries down by half-time with Senatla and JG Geduld also crossing to make it 19-0.

In the other results, Canada beat Kenya 10-5 in the 13th place play-off, Russian Federation thrashed France 26-5 in the Challenge final while New Zealand beat Australia 29-14 in the Bronze Medal final.

New Zealand, which lost to Australia in the Olympic final, also advanced to the quarterfinals after three wins, as did Russian Federation.

The fifth leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series takes place in Las Vegas on March 3-5.


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