GB to face New Zealand in semi-final of Men's Rugby 7s in Tokyo Olympics

Team GB completed a stunning comeback to reach the sevens semis in Tokyo
©Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

The Men's Rugby 7s competition in the Tokyo Olympics was filled with another eventful day with New Zealand, Fiji, GB and Argentina progressing to the semi-finals.


New Zealand did no harm to their reputation as they maintained their unbeaten streak knocking out Canada 21-10 in the first quarter-final encounter. Scott Curry scored a double while Andrew Knewstubb contributed with nine points as New Zealand raced to a 21-point lead which proved enough despite two late tries from Canada from Pat Kay and Harry Jones.

The second quarter-final game saw GB Sevens edging out USA with a 26-21 margin and were greatly aided by yellow card to Steve Tomasin. It looked all over for Great Britain as USA raced to a 21-point lead inside the opening half but yellow card to Tomasin swung the momentum towards GB as Ben Harris, Alex Davis, Dan Norton and Ollie Lindsay-Hague scored tries to complete a thrilling five-point victory.

Meanwhile, Argentina overcame a red card to Gaston Revol and a yellow card to Lautaro Bazan Velez to edge out South Africa 19-14 riding on a double from Marcos Moneta and a touchdown from skipper Santiago Alvarez.

The final quarter-final encounter saw Fiji maintaining their winning streak blanking Australia with a 19-0 win. Skipper Jerry Tuwai scored a double while Aminiasi Tuimaba also dotted down as Fiji remain in contention to win the title while Australia will face South Africa in the battle for 5th to 8th place finish.

Semi-final line-up:

11:00 local time - New Zealand v Great Britain
11:30 local time - Argentina v Fiji

Final Group Standings:

Pool A

Position Team Played Won Loss Points
1 New Zealand 3 3 0 9
2 Argentina 3 2 1 7
3 Australia 3 1 2 5
4 South Korea 3 0 3 3

Pool B:

Position Team Played Won Loss Points
1 Fiji 3 3 0 9
2 Great Britain 3 2 1 7
3 Canada 3 1 2 5
4 Japan 3 0 3 3

Pool C:

Position Team Played Won Loss Points
1 South Africa 3 3 0 9
2 United States 3 2 1 7
3 Ireland 3 1 2 5
4 Kenya 3 0 3 3