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Australia, Canada and New Zealand finished top of their pools as the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2019 kicked off at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado, on Saturday.
Defending series champions Australia had to recover from 15-0 down at half-time in their Pool A decider with Russia to make it three wins from three at the HSBC USA Women's Sevens and set up a Cup quarter-final with the hosts who finished third in Pool B.
Had the Olympic champions lost they would have been pitted into a mouth-watering encounter with Canada, who topped Pool C after a 24-10 defeat of France in which captain Ghislaine Landry became the first to score 1,000 points in women's series history. Instead, the Canadians will face Russia.
New Zealand have now won their last 21 series matches – 30 in all competitions – after topping Pool B and will face Ireland, the best ranked third-placed team, in the Cup quarter-finals.
The remaining quarter-final is an all-European affair between Pool B runners-up England and Pool C runners-up France.
There was heartbreak for Spain as they missed out on a quarter-final spot by just two points, their 46-0 win over series debutants Mexico not quite enough to overtake USA in the race for the second-best third-placed team spot. The two sides will meet again in the Challenge Trophy semi-final with new core team China facing Fiji in the other.