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Four teams surged into the Cup quarter-finals with unbeaten records following a high-quality day at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
After playing one pool match each on Friday, every side was eager hit the ground running again at the Hong Kong Stadium and statements made by all of the pool winners. Gareth Baber's outfit flew out of a particularly challenging pool that also housed New Zealand, Australia and Kenya. France offloaded at will and maintained the form that secured them a silver medal in Vancouver. England scored 118 points during their three matches while South Africa, who have never won the title in Hong Kong, built their momentum as the day played out.
The all-important Cup quarter-finals will see South Africa meet the USA, Fiji will take on Argentina, England are drawn against Samoa and France will face-off against New Zealand. Hong Kong is the seventh round on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 and heading into the round there were just 33 points separating the top five teams in the standings. This year's series carries added significance as the top four teams will qualify directly for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the end of it.
Fiji show their respect for New Zealand and those affected by the Christchurch tragedy with a special gift at the Hong Kong Sevens. pic.twitter.com/77VdC67lGQ— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) April 6, 2019
The Challenge Trophy quarter-finals will commence the final day at 09:30 local time (GMT+8) and the line-up sees Scotland taking on Spain, Australia will meet Portugal, Wales face-off against Japan and finally Canada will match up against Kenya.
The Men's World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier is running parallel to the 16-team Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. Twelve teams are battling it out with the winner taking the prestigious prize of core team status for 2020 and the second day of action saw the final pool matches played out before the quarter-finals took centre stage.
Now just four teams remain in contention as Germany will face Ireland, and Chile will take on Hong Kong in the semi-finals on Sunday. The action will kick off at 12:32 local time (GMT+8).