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Canada, Australia, France and New Zealand in the semi-finals

Canada, Australia, France and New Zealand in the semi-finals

Canada, Australia, France and New Zealand qualified for the HSBC SVNS Madrid semi-finals on a day full of surprises at the Grand Final in Madrid. Canada pulled off a surprise win over New Zealand, then narrowly won against Great Britain in extra time.

Canada ended a 27-game losing streak against New Zealand 26-17, then went into overtime to beat Great Britain 22-17 to reach the Hen A.

Despite losing to Canada, New Zealand advanced to the semi-finals with a 38-0 win over the USA. New Zealand take on top-seeded Australia while defending champions Canada face France.

At the HSBC SVNS tournament, China beat Poland 40-0 to finish unbeaten in the group stage and qualify to face another promising challenger, Belgium. Spain will face South Africa, Japan will face Argentina and Brazil will face Poland. Seats for HSBC SVNS 2025 are up for grabs.

HSBC Women SVNS

Pond A

Tries from Charity Williams, Olivia Opps and Piper Logan gave Canada a 21-0 lead over New Zealand at the break. Keara Wardley's fourth try extended their lead further. Despite a fightback from Stacey Waaka, Jorja Miller and Jazmin Felix-Hotham, a volley from the Black Ferns sevens dashed their hopes of an equalizer, allowing Canada to claim its first win over New Zealand since 2016 (26-17).

Canada also led at half-time in the second match against Great Britain, but tries from Lauren Darley and Heather Cowell sent the match into extra time. Great Britain fought back valiantly, but Canada continued to go from point to point until Wardley scored a golden try (22-17).

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It was a tough campaign for Great Britain in Madrid, having been beaten 14-12 by the USA earlier in the day. After taking a 12-7 lead thanks to Jasmine Joyce's double, Great Britain fell behind after a recovering error by Meg Jones allowed Steph Rovetti to put her side ahead. Possessing the ball with seconds remaining, the USA made a miscommunication and punted, giving Great Britain one last offensive opportunity. However, a poorly adjusted offload ended their hopes of victory.

In the final match of the day, Jorja Miller scored twice as New Zealand got back on track with a 38-0 thrashing of the USA.

Pool b

Maddison Levy scored seven tries on day two as Australia remained unbeaten in Pool B.

In the first half, a brace from Levy saw Australia outscore Fiji 24-7 at the break, adding a third try shortly after the break. Caitlin Shave scored Australia's fifth try as they won 31-12.

Levy was key again against France, scoring four tries in a 28-14 win. Anne-Cecil Ciobani and Lou Noel both scored in the opening seven minutes to bring Australia within a try at half-time, but they could not get the distance in the second half.

France won their first match of the day against Ireland 26-19 against Fiji, although it was not enough to secure a place in the semi-finals.

HSBC SVNS Women's Dam

Pond A

China thrashed Poland 40-0 in their last group game thanks to the doubles performance of Yan Meiling and Chen Kei. China, who topped Pool A with three wins from three matches, will face Belgium in the knockout round on Sunday.

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After losing to China on the opening day, Japan beat Spain 26-14 to qualify for the final day's decider against Argentina. Spain, for its part, has an important match to play against South Africa.

Pool b

Brazil dominated South Africa 24-0 to secure a semi-final against Poland to retain their position as the opening team on the tour next season.

Despite two yellow cards in the second half, Argentina beat Belgium 19-14.