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The top seeds in the women's 7s at Hong Kong won out, with the two expected close games being just that.

Spain was considered one of the toughest #2 seeds, and pushed the USA all the way, finally succumbing 8-5 on a late drop goal penalty by the Americans. That was a key kick, as a tie would have put Spain through on points difference.

Meanwhile, in Pool C, Australia and the Netherlands were expected to have a very tough go of it, and they did. Australia edged the Dutch 28-21. The rest of the games were essentially blowouts, with Canada and England having no difficulty in their games.

The semifinals are now set for Saturday in the main stadium in Hong Kong, with the USA taking on defending World Cup champions Australia, and Canada playing England.

There is no 3rd/4th match, so the losers just go sit in the stands.

Meanwhile, the bottom eight face off for the Plate and Bowl.

Scores, pool standings and Saturday matchups are below:




Pool A

W L T Pf Pa Pd Pts
Canada 2 0 0 69 5 64 6
Russia 1 1 0 34 24 10 4
Brazil 0 2 0 0 74 -74 2








Pool B W L T Pf Pa Pd Pts
England 2 0 0 69 7 62 6
China 1 1 0 42 36 6 4
Japan 0 2 0 5 73 -68 2








Pool C W L T Pf Pa Pd Pts
Australia 2 0 0 80 21 59 6
Netherlands 1 1 0 40 33 7 4
Hong Kong 0 2 0 5 71 -66 2








Pool D W L T Pf Pa Pd Pts
USA 2 0 0 28 5 23 6
Spain 1 1 0 50 8 42 4
Tunisia 0 2 0 0 65 -65 2



Women Challenge Cup - Hong Kong - Pool Play
USA 8-5 Spain
Canada 45-0 Brazil
USA 20-0 Tunisia
Canada 24-5 Russia
Australia 28-21 Netherlands
England 31-7 China
Spain 45-0 Tunisia
Netherlands 19-5 Hong Kong
China 35-5 Japan
Brazil 0-29 Russia
Australia 52-0 Hong Kong
England 38-0 Japan

 

 

Pool A W L T Pf Pa Pd Pts
Canada 2 0 0 69 5 64 6
Russia 1 1 0 34 24 10 4
Brazil 0 2 0 0 74 -74 2








Pool B W L T Pf Pa Pd Pts
England 2 0 0 69 7 62 6
China 1 1 0 42 36 6 4
Japan 0 2 0 5 73 -68 2








Pool C W L T Pf Pa Pd Pts
Australia 2 0 0 80 21 59 6
Netherlands 1 1 0 40 33 7 4
Hong Kong 0 2 0 5 71 -66 2








Pool D W L T Pf Pa Pd Pts
USA 2 0 0 28 5 23 6
Spain 1 1 0 50 8 42 4
Tunisia 0 2 0 0 65 -65 2

 

Bowl Semis:
Brazil v Japan
Tunisia v Hong Kong

Plate Semis:
Russia v China
Netherlands v Spain

Cup Semis:
USA v Australia
Canada v England

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