All Blacks Sevens beaten in Sydney semi-final

New Zealand have been beaten by England 12-5 in the semi-finals of the Sydney Sevens leaving them to battle for the bronze medal against Australia.

RNZ reports England will face South Africa in the final after Australia were well beaten by the Blitzboks 26-12 in the second semi-final.

The All Blacks Sevens and England played out a low scoring match marked by ruthless defence, as two teams that rely on power over pace struggled to break a second half deadlock.

Regan Ware scored the opening try and was then denied a second after a lob pass from Tim Mikkelson was ruled forward.

Phil Burgess answered with a try for England giving them parity 5-5 at half-time.

A stalemate developed in the second half until England converted a break down the right side into a try by Ollie Lindsay-Hague and a seven point victory.

The bronze medal match will be a replay of Australia and New Zealand's opening match of the tournament that the All Blacks Sevens won 26-14.

In the quarter-finals, New Zealand defeated Fiji 24-21.

The win reversed the defeat suffered by the All Black Sevens at the hands of Fiji in the quarter-finals of the Wellington Sevens a week ago.

Iopu Iopu-Aso opened the scoring for New Zealand by rolling over the try line after receiving an inside offload from Vilimoni Koroi.

Fiji answered with a try of their own before Regan Ware put the All Blacks Sevens back in front by diving into the right hand corner.

The Olympic champions struck back again with a try under the posts to take a 14-12 lead into half-time.

In the second half, Sherwin Stowers scored from a quick tap only to be yellow carded a minute later for a high tackle

With a one man advantage, Fiji restored their lead with a try before Sione Molia snatched the win for New Zealand by scrambling into the in-goal long after time had expired.