New Zealand, France and Australia head into the Cup quarter-finals of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens 2019 as pool winners after some tough battles on day two at Cape Town Stadium.

It was a case of third time lucky for Olympic champions Australia against USA at the HSBC Cape Town Sevens on Saturday, a 19-14 victory in their Pool C decider the first time they have beaten the Women’s Sevens Eagles this season.

USA had come out on top in the Glendale Cup final (26-7) and then the bronze final in Dubai last weekend (24-7), but Emma Tonegato’s try proved the difference at Cape Town Stadium.

Australia’s reward is a Cup quarter-final with Pool A runners-up Fiji, while USA face another tussle for North American pride with Canada having beaten their neighbours in both Glendale and Dubai.

France finished top of Pool B after avenging their quarter-final loss to Canada in Dubai with a hard-fought 14-12 victory, a missed conversion by Ghislaine Landry proving the difference between the teams. France will play Russia, the best third-placed team, in the first of the Cup quarter-finals at 09:50 local time (GMT+2) on Sunday.

The remaining Cup quarter-final pits New Zealand against England, who edged Spain for the remaining spot. The Black Ferns Sevens certainly didn’t have things all their own way on day two and had to dig deep to beat Fiji and Russia.

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