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Australian Sevens pull off incredible comeback victory to claim Canada Sevens, World Series

Mon, 02/05/2022, 12:24 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
The Australian Women's Sevens have won their third World Series title in Seville taking the final 17-12 against ireland.

An after-the-siren try to Lily Dick has powered Australia to an incredible victory over the Black Ferns to claim the Canada Sevens title.

The Women's Sevens side had already claimed the World Series after wins over Spain and Ireland to reach the Final, made even sweeter by the Langford victory against a Kiwi side who had missed the opening legs of the tournament.

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“It’s awesome to have New Zealand back on the Series, we’ve been looking forward to playing them for such a long time so it was an awesome effort from the girls,” co-captain Charlotte Caslick said after the match.

“It would have been bittersweet to not come away with the tournament victory so we definitely will be celebrating pretty hard tonight.”

The Australians got off to the perfect start as Madison Levi once again opened the scoring with a trademark fend as the young gun sprinted away.

The Tokyo gold medalists refused to give up, with tries to Alena Saili and Sarah Hirini giving them a 10-7 lead at the break.

Needing a response, it was the experienced duo of the squad who stepped up as Sharni Williams broke into space, finding Charlotte Caslick under the posts with a great offload.

It all looked to be vain when the legendary Michaela Blyde broke through several defenders to dive over, giving the Kiwis a 17-14 lead.

With just three seconds remaining, a valiant effort over the ball by Levi started the comeback, rewarded with the penalty on their own goal-line.

Caslick opened the game up with a break from her own half, however, was shut down by a great tackle from Tyla Nathan-Wong.

With time expired, Caslick's looping ball found Dom Du Toit, breaking free to offload to Dick as the replacement powered through tacklers to score under the posts and secure a remarkable victory.

“We knew we had to win that scrum or get the turnover and we were just composed at the end to keep passing the ball back and forth and it just opened up,” Dick said after the match, awarded Player of the Tournament.

The win ultimately confirms Australia's status as World Series champions, taking an unassailable 20 point lead over France into the final leg in Toulouse

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