Argentina qualifies for Paris Olympics sevens in reaching Toulouse semis
Argentina qualified for the Paris Olympics by reaching the France Sevens quarterfinals and prevented New Zealand from clinching the men's world series.
Argentina qualified for the Paris Olympics by reaching the France Sevens quarterfinals and prevented New Zealand from clinching the men's world series by moving onto the semifinals.
New Zealand was still one win away from winning its 14th series out of 24 in total after also reaching the semifinals by crushing Ireland 35-0 in the quarters. Argentina, the Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist, joined New Zealand and host France in making the 2024 Paris lineup, and in style.
The Argentines gave Britain its biggest defeat in world series history, by 50-0. Marcos Moneta scored three tries against Britain, and added two more as South Africa was handled 21-12 in the quarters.
With Olympic champion Fiji failing to advance from its pool after losing to France 24-19, Australia's own Olympic hopes were delayed after it was upset by Canada 12-10 in the quarters.
A game-ending injury to Australia's Darby Lancaster gave Canada the man advantage to strike first through captain Phil Berna. Australia rallied in the second half to lead 10-7 with tries by Tim Clements and James Turner but, crucially, none were converted.
Canada won when Alex Russell stutter-stepped Nathan Lawson and got around the outside to score. Canada's first semifinal since the 2021 series will be against Argentina on Sunday.
New Zealand will take an 18-game winning streak into its semifinal with France.
“We have a chance in front of our own people, we're not afraid,” France's Varian Pasquet said.
Pasquet won their quarterfinal against Britain with the winning try. France came from behind to lead 12-7 while Britain had two players in the sin-bin. But back at full strength, Britain leveled through Will Homer with 37 seconds left of regular time.
Dominating possession over the next two added minutes, France hammered Britain and Pasquet broke through for 17-12.
On the women's side, new series champion New Zealand racked up its 33rd and 34th straight wins to set up a semifinal against France.
Chief rival Australia rebounded from a rare pool loss, to France 19-12, by beating Ireland 17-7 in the quarterfinals. In the loss to France, Australia's Maddison Levi scored her 53rd try this season, breaking the record of New Zealand great Portia Woodman-Wickliffe.
In the semifinals, Australia will play the United States, which held off Fiji 22-17.