World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series 2022: Semi-final lineups confirmed

Eight teams remain in the hunt for glory at the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series 2022 following an action-packed second day in Santiago, Chile.

The winners of the men’s and women’s tournaments at Estadio Santa Laura will book their place as a core team on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2023 and the contenders in each were whittled down to the final four on Saturday.

Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC photos for World Rugby

Poland, China, Kenya and Japan will compete the women’s semi-finals on Sunday, with the winner of those two ties playing for core status.

In the men’s tournament, meanwhile, Georgia will take on hosts Chile for a place in the final, before Germany meet Uruguay for the chance to face them in the showpiece match.

The first of those semi-finals will get underway at 11:23 local time (GMT -4) when China play Rugby Europe Women’s Sevens Championship 2022 winners Poland in Santiago.


Colombia kicked off day two in style, running in four converted tries to beat Mexico 28-7, a result that ultimately secured their passage to the quarter-finals. Japan also crossed the whitewash four times in a 26-5 defeat of Kazakhstan that ensured they finished top of Pool F.

In Pool E, Argentina made sure of second place with a 34-7 defeat of Papua New Guinea before Poland rubber-stamped top spot in both the pool and seeding for the quarter-finals with a 36-12 win against Belgium. Despite defeat, the Belgians would advance to the last eight.

Kenya continued their fine from day one against hosts Chile, meanwhile, Janet Okello scoring twice in a 15-5 win for the Lionesses. In the final match of the pool stage, South Africa needed to beat China to advance to the quarter-finals but came up short despite taking a 7-5 lead in the second half, going on to lose 17-7.

China maintained that form in their quarter-final against Kazakhstan, tries from Chen Keyi, Xu Xiaoyan and Wang Xiao securing a 21-7 win and their place in the last four.

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They will play Poland for a place in the final after the European side emerged comfortable winners, 36-0 against Colombia in the final women’s quarter-final. Anna Klichowska and Katarzyna Paszczyk each scored two of their side’s six tries.

The second women’s semi-final, which is scheduled to kick-off at 11:58 local time (GMT -4) on Sunday, will pit Japan against Kenya.

Christabel Lindo scored two of the Lionesses four tries to help Kenya past Argentina in the quarter-finals, while Japan impressed as they crossed the whitewash five times during their 31-0 win against Belgium.

The winners of those two semi-finals will go on to contest the women’s final, which will kick-off at 18:47 local time on Sunday. Whoever triumphs in that tie will become a core Series team.


Day two of the men’s tournament started with a bang as Uganda ran in four tries to beat Lithuania 26-19 before Pool C rivals Germany edged Uruguay 17-14, thanks to a late Tim Lichtenberg try and moments later Niklas Koch penalty. Despite the agonizing defeat, Uruguay still took their place in the last eight.

Zimbabwe joined Uruguay in the quarter-finals as the other best third-placed finisher, following their 36-5 defeat of Pool B rivals Jamaica. That result edged Papua New Guinea, who lost their final Pool A match 31-19 to Georgia, out of the quarter-final picture.

Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC photos for World Rugby

Second-half tries from John Tapueluelu and Amanaki Veamatahau then gave Tonga a 12-5 win against Hong Kong, and with it top spot in Pool B. Benjamin De Vidts was the hero for Chile in the final pool match of day two, meanwhile, scoring a hat-trick as the hosts beat Korea 43-0 to finish their Pool A campaign with three wins from three.

The men’s quarter-finals did not disappoint as Georgia edged into the last four with a 19-14 win against Hong Kong, which was secured via Teimuraz Kokhodze’s second try of the match early in the second half.

Georgia will play Chile for a place in the final after Los Condores wowed the home crowd with a 24-0 win against Zimbabwe in the quarter-finals. The impressive Julio Blanc, Joaquin Huici, Cristobal Game and Clemente Armstrong scored the hosts’ tries.

For the second time in the men’s tournament in Santiago Germany edged Uganda 17-14, to book their place in the last four. Uganda had built a 14-0 lead at half-time but their European opponents stormed back in the second half and secured a slender win with tries from Lichtenberg, Niklas Koch and Carlos Soteras Merz.

Germany will now play Uruguay in the semi-finals on Sunday, the match scheduled to kick-off at 12:48 local time (GMT -4). Uruguay beat Tonga in dramatic fashion in the quarter-finals, Marcos Pastore’s last-minute try securing a 17-12 victory.

The winners of the two men’s semi-finals will meet in the final at 19:20 local time. Whoever comes out on top in the showpiece match will earn core status for the 2023 Series.

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