A few hours after their male counterparts, Les Bleues reached the quarter-finals of the Rugby 7s World Cup by dominating South Africa (29-0) on home soil in Cape Town. The French have scored five tries, and will meet Fiji on Saturday (9:05 p.m.) to try to reach the semi-finals.
Facing a team absent from the Tokyo Olympics, the French women’s team, Olympic vice-champion last summer and world vice-champion in 2018, assumed its status as favorite throughout the game. Technically and physically overwhelmed, the South Africans were never able to bring danger to the opposing camp.
Les Bleues, who aspire to win a medal, made the hole by taking advantage of the spaces on the wings left by their opponents. Lou Noël (1st), Camille Grassineau (7th), Chloé Pelle (9th, 10th), and Séraphine Okemba (12th) gradually increased the score on the scoreboard.
If the David Courteix players get the better of Fiji, who easily beat Japan (36-7), they will face the United States or Canada in the last four of the competition.
The World Cup is played in an unprecedented format of knockout matches. In the previous edition, in 2018 in San Francisco, New Zealand was crowned for both men and women.