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Hosts reach quarter finals after thrilling day one in Brazil

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Hosts Brazil reached the quarter finals of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series second round after impressive victories in Sao Paulo on Saturday.

After a humbling 40-0 defeat to Australia, the hosts picked themselves up in time to beat Fiji (26-14) and China (24-14) in front of a raucous home crowd in Arena Barueri. They now face France in the cup quarter-finals, after the French qualified for the last eight, despite a heavy defeat to New Zealand in pool A.

The reigning champions qualified on top of the standings after day one, and face USA in the quarter finals on Sunday.

Australia had three resounding victories in the Brazilian sunshine, as they recorded wins against Brazil, China (38-7) and Fiji (38-7). Tim Walsh’s charges will now meet England in the last eight, in what is sure to be a classic encounter.

Sunday’s other quarter final will see Canada play Russia for the second time this weekend, after the two sides qualified from pool C.

Sunday’s Bowl semi-final sees South Africa play Fiji before China face Spain.

All the action from São Paulo will be streamed live on on Sunday morning from 11.00 (GMT –2) when New Zealand’s women play USA in the first quarter-final of the day.

New Zealand’s Portia Woodman became the first player to score 50 tries on the Women’s Sevens Series, when she touched down against USA. Watch it here

Tickets for the second round of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Arena Barueri are free, and fans will celebrate a weekend of top class rugby with a festive atmosphere in the Brazilian city, with “Rugby Carnival” the theme of the weekend in São Paulo.