GAME BY GAME: Women fall in final, Men finish tenth in Cape Town

Sun, Dec 11, 2022, 4:50 PM
The Aussie 7s are London 7s champions after taking out an epic final in London.

Australia's Womens Sevens have gone down 31-14 to New Zealand in the Final in Cape Town

The Women's side returned to where they claimed the Triple Crown with Rugby Sevens World Cup glory, cruising through the group stages without conceding a point.


However, they were no match for the Black Ferns, dominated from the opening whistle in wet conditions as they raced away with victory.

Meanwhile, the Men's side were knocked out in the group stages after a defeat to Great Britain and a draw to finalists USA.

The injury-depleted side finished tenth after falling to France in the ninth-placed play-off.

Follow a recap of all the action, game by game below:

Australian Women 52 v South African Women 0

Australia has opened their campaign with a 52-0 victory over South Africa.

Charlotte Caslick produced the first try out of nothing, beating multiple defenders before sprinting 60 metres to score.

Maddison Levi added the second minutes later as she continued her red hot start to the HSBC World Series.

Co-captain Demi Hayes got in the action as she latched onto a Madison Ashby offload before Levi crossed for her second to take a 28-0 lead at half-time.

Bienne Terita continued the dominance after the break, followed over by Faith Nathan for a quick-fire double.

Debutant Faythe Manera completed the rout as the Australians cruised to victory.

Australia Men 19 v Great Britain Men 21

Great Britain have defeated Australia 21-19 to kick off their Cape Town campaign.

Freddie Roddick capitalised on a sloppy start from the Aussies to open the scoring for Great Britain 

The relenting pressure of the Australians paid off before the break as Nathan Lawson powered his way over the line, leaving the contest tied at the break.

The injection of Trae Williams helped flip the field, setting up Dietrich Roache to dive over.

Max McFarland answered straight back for GB, with Williams finding Stu Dunbar to restore Australia’s advantage.

With the game on the line, Femi Sofolarin was the difference maker, sprinting from his own half with 30 seconds left to give Great Britain the win.

John Manenti will be counting the cost of the defeat, with Matt Gonzalez succumbing to a hamstring injury. He joins Maurice Longbottom on the sidelines for the rest of the tournament

Australian Women 38 v South African Women 0

Australia has continued its flawless start with a 38-0 win over Spain

In a fast-paced first half, Faith Nathan opened the scoring as she raced down the  touch-line.

Some great interchange between Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea and Madison Ashby set up their second try before Charlotte Caslick’s show and go gave them a 21-0 lead at the break.

Sariah Paki picked up from where they left off, blistering away from the defence to score under the posts.

She was followed over by Dom Du Toit and Nathan as the Aussies ran away with the game with two tries in two minutes.

Australia Men 31 v Uganda Men 0

Australia have bounced back emphatically with a 31-0 win over Uganda.

A quick burst from Trae Williams set up the opening try, with Josh Turner diving over the line, appearing to injury his arm in the process.

Turner brushed off the knock to score his second, before Dietrich Roache cruised over the line as the Australians took a 21-0 lead at the break.

Roache was quick to add his second after Henry Hutchison was held up over the line following a great break.

Tim Clements sealed the win with an aerobatic effort in the corner, the perfect response after yesterday’s last-minute defeat to Great Britain.

Australia Women 29 v Ireland Women 0

Australia has maintained their perfect record with a 29-0 victory over Ireland.

Some brutal defence set up the first try as the Aussies forced the turnover, allowing Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea to find Sariah Paki for the opener.

The Irish dominated possession in the first half but the World Champions were rock solid in defence, eventually providing the perfect opportunity for Madison Ashby to race 80 metres to score.

Some great work in both attack and defence by Dom Du Toit set up Faith Nathan for the third try of the game.

Bienne Terita provided a spark off the bench as she crossed for a late double, sealing victory and a quarter-final match with Great Britain.

Australia Men 19 v USA Men 19

Australia has been knocked out of the Cape Town Sevens after a thrilling 19-all draw with the USA.

Needing a win to advance, Dietrich Roache continued his strong tournament, catching the USA short around the ruck as he strolled over the line.

Lucas Lacamp finished off a nice team try to the Americans before Roache turned provider to set up Henry Paterson, putting the Aussies up 14-5 at the break.

The USA had an answer through Kevon Williams and Malacchi Esdale as they scored two quick tries to start the second half.

A great try saver from Trae Williams gave Australia one last chance to attack, with Henry Hutchison racing away to score.

Unfortunately for John Manenti's side, Roache's conversion sailed to the left, meaning Great Britain will advance after their earlier victory.

Australia Women 38 v Great Britain Women 0

Australia has booked their place in the semi finals with a dominant 38-0 win over Great Britain.

An early Madison Ashby turnover provided the perfect chance for Maddison Levi to strike, scoring in the first 30 seconds.

Charlotte Caslick then set up Levi’s second as she burst through the line, before going herself for the 19-0 lead at the break.

Incredible scramble defence from the defending Player of the Year kept the flawless tournament alive, setting up Levi’s third try of the quarter final.

Bienne Terita powered her way over the line, followed over by Teagan Levi to put the game out of reach

Australia Men 33 v Canada Men 7

Australia has delivered a comprehensive 33-7 win over Canada

After a back and forth start, Nathan Lawson finished off a nice team try to open the scoring.

Canada found an answer immediately through  Brock Webster as they took a narrow two point lead.

Henry Hutchison gave the Aussies the lead at the break, powering over the line, before Henry Paterson extended the advantage as play resumed.

A perfect set play set up Stu Dunbar for their fourth try of the game with debutant Dally Bird capping off a strong game with his maiden try, sealing the victory.

Australia Women 31 v USA Women 12

Australia has booked their place in the final with a 31-12 win over the USA

Charlotte Caslick set the tempo early as she dived over from close in the first minute.

The USA hit back via Sammy Sullivan, the first points the Aussies have contended all tournament, however the champions refused to panic as Maddison Levi added to her try-scoring tally.

A crunching tackle from Faith Nathan forced a turnover late in the half, setting up Levi’s second as Tim Walsh’s side took a 19-7 lead at the break.

Ilona Maher powered over the line to get the Americans back into the contest, before Levi replicated her first half effort to complete the hat-trick.

Dom Du Toit raced the length of the field to seal the win and yet another final against the Black Ferns

Australia Men 26 v Spain Men 0

Australia has cruised to victory with a 26-0 win over Spain.

The pace of Trae Williams opened the game up early as he raced away for the opening try.

Dally Bird continued his breakout event with the crucial turnover before setting up Dietrich Roache as the Aussies took a 14-0 lead into the break.

Josh Turner showed great footwork to step back inside of the Spanish defence to continue the strong game.

Bird added his second of the event as John Manenti’s side booked their place in the ninth-place final.

Australia Men 12 v France Men 24

Australia has finished 10th after going down 24-12 to France.

French speedster Aaron Grandidier opened the scoring, fending away as he ran 60 metres.

A fortunate falcon extended the French lead as Varian Pasquet dived over the line after picking up the loose ball.

Nathan Lawson sprinted and fended away from the defence to provide an answer for the Aussies, however it was all France as Paulin Riva gave them a 19-7 lead at the break.

Henry Hutchison stretched out over the line, somehow keeping his feet in the field of play.

In the end, France always seemed to have a response as Riva’s second sealed the win and ninth place

Australia Women 14 v New Zealand Women 31

Australia has gone down in the final as the Black Ferns cruised to a 31-14 victory.

New Zealand dominated from the opening whistle in wet conditions, with Jorja Miller only denied by a great try saver from Charlotte Caslick.

However Shiray Kaka couldn’t be denied minutes later as she sliced through the defence.

Tyla Nathan-Wong extended the lead with a double in the first half as the Aussies struggled to build any pressure.

Michaela Blyde added to the Kiwi lead after the break, scoring her seventh of the tournament.

Madison Ashby and Demi Hayes scored consolation tries for the World Champions but it was all the Black Ferns as they gained revenge from last week in Dubai.

Aussie Women’s Sevens team Cape Town 7s

2. Sharni Williams

3. Faith Nathan

4. Dominique Du Toit

5. Teagan Levi

6. Madison Ashby

7. Charlotte Caslick (Co-captain)

10. Isabella Nasser

11. Demi Hayes (Co-captain)

12. Maddison Levi

13. Faythe Manera

22. Bienne Terita

55. Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea

65. Sariah Paki

Aussie Men’s Sevens team Cape Town 7s

1.Henry Hutchison

2. Stu Dunbar

3. Jordan Lee-Bacon

4. Dietrich Roache

5. Tim Clements

6. Henry Paterson

7. Josh Turner

8. Dally Bird

9. Matt Gonzalez

11. Maurice Longbottom

12. Nathan Lawson

15. Ben Marr

22. Trae Williams


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