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Aussie Women claim repeat gold as men fall to South Africa in Cup Final

The Australia Men's and Women's Sevens teams have both taken home medals in Dubai | Image: World Rugby
The Australia Men's and Women's Sevens teams have both taken home medals in Dubai | Image: World Rugby

The Australian Women's Sevens have won back-to-back Cup Finals in Dubai, defeating Fiji 15-5 in a rematch of their round one final.

Charlotte Caslick again picked up where she left off, named Impact Player of the Tournament while Faith Nathan was named player of the final.

Meanwhile the Men's side has fallen agonisingly short, falling to South Africa 7-10 during their first Cup Final of the 2021-22 Season.

It marked the first time both sides made a Cup Final since the 2018 Sydney 7s event.

2021 HSBC DUBAI SEVENS GAME BY GAME RECAP

Friday 3 December

Australian Women 40 defeated Spain 0

It was another impressive start in Dubai for the Aussie Women's side facing Spain in their first game. Faith Nathan was the star performer of the first half scoring two tries, which was followed by speedster Charlotte Caslick who scored her first try under the posts just before halftime.

Caslick then opened the scoring again, shaking the first tackle to go under the posts. The game was closed out by rookie Jakiya Whitfeld who scored one herself with a stunning fend. This was followed with a handy offload to Dom Du Toit with the final try finishing the game at 40-0.

Australian Men 21 defeated Keyna 14

The Aussie Men started with a close encounter against Kenya in their first match of round two, with Henry Hutchinson opening the first try. Alvin Otieno couldn't be stopped scoring his first try for Kenya, which tied up the scores. The first half ended in a big tussle all the way until the bell, with Corey Toole putting Australia's noses in front just before they went to the sheds with a 14-7 lead.

It was just as much of a tussle in the second half as Corey Toole opened again to put the Aussies in a comfortable spot. However, Kenya never gave in, however with Johnstone Olindi having the last day of the game with a try of his own, finishing the score at 21-14, with Australia taking their first win of round two.

Australian Women 52 defeated Canada 0

It was another clinical start for the Aussie Women as they faced Canada for their second match of round two in Dubai. Tries were shared in the first half between Faith Nathan and Sharni Williams with two barnstorming runs. But it was Dom Du Toit who starred at the end of the first half noting down a try of her own followed by a well-placed assist off the back of a clinical switch to extend her team's lead to 26-0 at halftime.

It was all about speed in the second half as Madison Ashby and Charlotte Caslick used their space to score the first two tries of the second half. Canada hit back and put Australia under pressure but it was Rhiannon Byers who went on the counter-attack to score a try out of the opposition's 22-meter line. Jakiya Whitfeld ran out the colossal win, with her own try set up by Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea with a crafty offload to leave Canada scoreless on the bell.

Australian Men 24 defeated Canada 17

The first half was a physical tussle in the first half as the Aussie 7s opened with two impressive tries. Dietrich Roache started using his fancy feet to score an outstanding individual try. Henry Hutchison took advantage of a handy bounce and got the second for Australia; however, it was Canada who took it home to finish through skipper Theo Saunder who got his team back into the game end the half 12-5.

Australia was put on the back foot early, conceding a yellow card which was quickly capitalised on by Canada, who then levelled the score. The Aussie showed heart to finish the game with the win, with Yool Yool and Josh Turner providing the goods to finish the game with a 24-17 scoreline.

Saturday 4 December

USA 19 defeated by Australian Men 22

In the Aussie Men's last game in the pool rounds against the USA, it was end-to-end rugby. Solo Vosaicake scored his first try in the gold jersey opening the scoring for Australia. It was backed up almost immediately with a try from Yool Yool set up by Josh Turner, who was able to intercept the ball in USA's own 22. The US hit back quickly and made Australia pay for some missed conversations putting the score within three points. However, Corey Toole came through with another try on halftime under the posts finishing the half at 17-14.

The second half turned into a battle with Australia using their physicality to outmuscle a speedy USA side. Perry Baker got his team back in the game with the first try quickly, followed by a try from Josh Turner, who scored off the back of the scrum. From there, Australia defended valiantly after going down to six men after a yellow card. It went all the way until the bell as the USA were able to score just after the siren after Billy Meakes was red-carded for a dangerous tackle. However, the Aussies were able to keep the lead ending with a 22-19 score.

Australian Women 35 defeated Brazil 7

Faith Nathan was the first to score in the first 30 seconds of the match, quickly matched by speedster Thalia Costa only a minute later for Brazil. The undefeated Aussie Women's side charged on scoring two tries before the end of the half through Sharni Williams and Charlotte Caslick.

The second half was tight as Lily Dick was the first to score three minutes in and then was capped off by an easy Charlotte Caslick try on full time. Australia will charge onto Russia in the second half of the competition after winning 35-7, staying undefeated in Dubai.

Cup Quarter Final - Australia Men 24 defeated Ireland 12.

The Australian side kicked off the Dubai 7s first cup quarter-final, with young gun Ben Dowling first to score. Ireland quickly retaliated with a try to Jordan Conroy before a yellow card to Henry Hutchison saw Ireland again strike at the hands of Terry Kennedy to lead 7-12 at halftime.

Corey Toole was next to cross, bringing the Aussie back into the game in the opening stages of the second half, running 75 metres. Australia continued to apply pressure with minutes left in the game Henry Paterson found the line before a rare penalty kick to Dietrich Roache secured Australia's semi-finals berth 24-12.

Australia Women v Russia, 8:13pm AEDT

In their final pool match, Russia caught Australia by surprise, with Marina Kukina finding a hole in the Australian defence early on. Alena Tiron was next to cross for the Russians. However, Australia finally entered the match with Madison Ashby finding a chink in the visitor's armour before Russia struck, allowing Russia to lead. 7-17 at the break.

Australia came out firing, with Faith Nathan adding to her try count and bringing the sides within three points. However, this didn't suffice for the Australian's as Charlotte Caslick and Dom Du Toit extended Australia's lead securing their place in the cup final.

Semi Final - Australian Men 40 defeated Argentina 0

The Australian Men's Sevens have qualified for their first Cup Final in Dubai since 2014, defeating Argentina 40-0

Corey Toole and Henry Paterson opened the scoring for the Australians before a tough back, and forth tussle ensued. Argentina looked to make metres before impressive defence from Australia forced Argentina's hand and allowed Josh Turner to cross to give the Australian's a 19-0 lead at half-time.

Dietrich Roache again impressed the Aussies, gaining an intercept over the reigning Olympic bronze medalists to secure his first try of the match and extend the lead at the start of the second half. Turner then gained his second of the match before Billy Meakes added to the score, ensuring Australia's greatest ever semi-final winning margin in Dubai.

Sunday 5 December

Cup Final - Australian Women 15 defeat Fiji 0

The Australian women's sevens team has won back-to-back cup finals in Dubai for the first time since the 2017/18 World Seires, with Faith Nathan being named player of the final.

Australia controlled the match's opening moments, with a disallowed try to Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea not rattling the reigning medallists, as Faith Nathan crossed for the games opening try. As a back and forth ensued, Madison Ashby would cross next on the stroke of halftime to give Australia a 10-0 lead.

Fiji came out firing in the second half with a try to Reapi Ulunisau, before a yellow card to Lefau-Fakaosilea saw the Aussie down to six defenders. However, this didn't phase them, with Lily Dick exploiting the Fiji defence to allow Ashby to go over for her second of the final and round out the match for Australia.

Cup Final - Australian Men 7 defeated by South Africa 10

The Australian Men's sevens have fallen agonisingly close in their cup finals in Dubai, going down to South Africa 7-10.

South Africa struck first with Siviwe Soyizwapi finding the chalk before an ever-impressive Corey Toole added to his Dubai try haul to give the Aussies a two-point lead at halftime.

A tough battle continued between the two sides in the second half. However, JC Pretorius finally broke the Australian defence and secured the win for South Africa 7-10.

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