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Defending champions New Zealand stroll into Semi-finals

Triple Commonwealth Games champion New Zealand will play England, while Australia will face South Africa in the Semi-finals of the Rugby Sevens tournament at Delhi University on Tuesday.

Errors proved costly for Scotland as South Africa held on to secure a Semi-final berth with 10-7 win. Paul Delport put South Africa 5-0 up but a try and conversion to Mike Adamson (SCO) gave his team a two-point lead at the break. Ryno Shannon Benjamin (RSA) put South Africa in front early in the second half as Scotland struggled to find a gap in the South African defence. Scotland almost snatched the win when John Houston headed for the line but his pace was no match for the South African backs, the 2008 World Series champion taking the game by three points.

Despite a slow start from New Zealand, Wales was unable to match the defending champions, who hit top form in the second half to progress to the Semi-finals with a 31-10 victory. Wales scored the first points of the match through Ifan Evans after four minutes before New Zealand struck back through Kurt Baker (NZL), taking the lead with a successful conversion for 7-5 at halftime. Tries to Ben Smith, Baker and Hosea Gear started New Zealand's charge in the second half as Wales struggled to maintain its line of defence. Aaron Shingler’s (WAL) five-pointer did little to stem New Zealand's scoring attack as Toby Arnold (NZL) ran in a final try on full time.

A courageous England team stood strong against World Series champion Samoa for a 7-5 victory. Tries were hard to come by in the tough encounter with Samoa managing to break England's line in the fifth minute through Alatasi Tupou (SAM). Greg Howard Barden’s (ENG) try just before halftime drew scores level before Ben Gollings' (ENG) successful conversion put England up 7-5 going into the break. The physicality of the match continued in the second half as both sides held firm, England's aggressive defence denying a desperate Samoa a shot at the medals.

Australia's James Stannard led the charge with two tries and one conversion for a 27-5 victory over Kenya. Shaun Foley’s first-minute try set the tone before Stannard crossed twice and Luke Morahan (AUS) scored on halftime for a comfortable 22-0 lead at the break. With the game already in the bag for Australia, the second half ended with one try apiece to Humphrey Kayange Emonyi (KEN) and Nick Cummins (AUS).

Off the field, a father-son combination with a twist is involved in the game. Tomasi Cama Jnr is playing for the star-studded Kiwis and his dad has been coaching the less-well-known Malaysia. The pair have not faced each other during the competition, which has pleased Cana Jnr.
“I suppose he'll be up in the stands watching me now," he said. "I'm glad we avoided playing them."
Despite not having met for a match, father and son have been in contact with each other. Cana Snr, who is also Tomasi, said, “I have spoken to him. They're doing really good. He is doing well.” - GNS