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Semi-finalists confirmed at HSBC Malaga Sevens Rugby in Spain

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The semi-finals of the Malaga Sevens has been confirmed. In the Men’s competition South Africa will play Australia while England will take on Argentina. South Africa defeated Canada 14-0 in their quarter-final, Australia upset USA 26-7, England beat France 12-5 while Argentina defeated Ireland 29-5.

The Men’s semi-final Malaga 7s will start at 1.09am tomorrow.

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In the Women’s semifinal, USA takes on France while Australia battles Russia.

The Women’s semi-final starts at 9.44 tonight.

Spain 7s Malaga

Date Time Team Team
Men’s Semi Finals
Mon 24 Jan 01:09AM South Africa Australia
Mon 24 Jan 01:31AM England Argentina
Women’s Semi Finals
Sun 23 Jan 9:44PM USA France
Sun 23 Jan 10:06PM Belgium Spain

The inaugural HSBC Spain Sevens served up a treat on day two, with dominant displays, major upsets and individual masterclasses on show at the Stadium Ciudad de Málaga.

South Africa’s men moved towards a fifth consecutive HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title by reaching the semi-final with a perfect record, extending their winning streak to 27 in a row.

New Zealand are now the only team to have done better, and their record of 47 straight wins from 2007/08 remains a daunting feat to match.

The Blitzboks face Australia in Sunday’s semi-final, while England and Argentina meet on the other side of the draw after knocking out France and Ireland respectively.

In the women’s tournament, favourites Australia reached the semi-finals with a record-setting 15th consecutive victory to set up a clash with Russia, while France and USA face off in the other semi after enjoying perfect records so far in Málaga.

The Russians had to get past surprise package Poland, who became the first invitational team since China in April 2018 to reach the quarter-final stages, thanks to a shock pool victory over Canada.

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