GAME BY GAME: Women claim bronze, Men finish fifth in Hamilton

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The Australian Sevens sides will be looking to make a statement as they head to Hamilton for the NZ Sevens.

The Men book their place in the final eight after missing the knock-out stages in Cape Town, eliminated by the USA in the quarter-finals as they finished fifth

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They welcome back Maurice Longbottom and James Turner as they look to build momentum ahead of next week's Sydney Sevens.

Meanwhile, the Women's side started strong before a shock loss to the USA in the semi-final, bouncing back against Ireland

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

Australia Men 28 v Great Britain Men 14

Australia has got off to the perfect start in Hamilton, defeating Great Britain 28-14

The Aussies flew out of the gate as James Turner dominated the restart game.

He was rewarded with the first try after a lovely offload from Henry Paterson before Nathan Lawson finished off a backline move for the early 14-0 lead.

Tom Emery hit back for GB, however, John Manenti's side had an instant response through Dietrich Roache as they took a 21-7 lead to the break thanks to multiple sideline conversions from the returning Maurice Longbottom.

Alex Davis reduced the margin after the break, forcing the Australians to work in defence.

Lawson's second helped restore the margin as they gained a matter of revenge after their defeat in Cape Town

Australia Women 26 v Japan Women 14

Australia has survived a major scare, overcoming a brave Japanese outfit 26-14

Faith Nathan continues her incredible World Series as she opened the scoring for the Aussies from the kick off.

However, Japan came to play as tries to Michiyo Suda and Chiharu Nakamura gave them a shock 14-7 lead at the break.

Maddison Levi got the World Series champions back into the contest, levelling it up after the break.

With the game deadlocked, Dom Du Toit proved the hero, crossing with two minutes to go after some nice interchange with Charlotte Caslick as Levi's second sealed the win.

Australia Men 21 v New Zealand Men 19

A last minute try to New Zealand has sealed the 21-19 win over a gutsy Australian outfit

The hosts controlled the opening minutes and eventually found a way through Joe Webber.

The Australians refused to give up and Maurice Longbottom sparked them into life, before a great intercept from Josh Turner allowed James Turner to put Australia in front 12-7.

Akuila Rokolisoa sparked the Hamilton crowd into life to put the Kiwis in front, however, Longbottom once again found space, breaking through as he found Henry Paterson under the posts.

The Kiwis had an instant response as Roderick Solo ran 80 metres to score under the posts.

Trae Williams almost had the winner, latching onto a Dietrich Roache kick but couldn't hang as the New Zealanders secured the win.

Australia Women 33 v Canada Women 7

Australia has powered to a 33-7 victory over Canada

Australia shrug off their opening match against Japan as the two Maddis combines, Ashby finding Levi as she ran under the posts.

Krissy Scrufield levelled the scores up for Canada before Levi made up for her missed tackle with her second to put the Aussies up 14-7 at the break.

Bienne Terita continues her good form, latching onto a long ball from Caslick to extend the lead.

Caslick then set up Hinds for their fourth try, who shrugged off a knock during the Japan win to dive over the line.

Demi Hayes sealed the victory as the Australians went the length of the field via a Teagan Levi break

Australia Women 43 v France Women 0

Australia has sent a message to their rivals with a 43-0 demolition of France

Two early yellow cards to France allowed Australia to strike as Maddison Levi opened the scoring for the second straight game, adding her second a minute later.

Faith Nathan streaked away shortly afterwards, with France reduced to six for the rest of the game after a high tackle from Camille Grassineau.

Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea finished the perfect half with a try of her own to extend the lead to 24-0 at the break

Levi completed the hat-trick after the break as France continued to struggle with discipline, allowing Sharni Williams to run 100 metres to score.

Madison Ashby rounded out the dominant performance as the Aussies cruised to victory

Australia Men 36 v Tonga Men 7

Australia has booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 36-7 victory over Tonga

Dietrich Roache crossed to open the scoring, taking advantage of a Dally Bird pilfer.

A great ball from Henry Paterson set up Roache's second, followed over by James Turner as the Aussies took a 19-0 lead into the break.

Roache finished off the hat-trick shortly after the start of the second half before Paterson crossed for one of his own.

Paterson proceeded to burst away for his second to round out the positive days for the Australians

Australia Women 38 v Great Britain Women 0

Australia have picked up from where they left off, dominating Great Britain 38-0

In a tense opening half, Great Britain looked to pepper the Australian line, only for their defence to hold strong.

This allowed Charlotte Caslick to strike, bursting through the gap to open the scoring.

Some great work in defence and attack from Madison Ashby created the second try, followed over by Maddison Levi to extend the lead to 19-0 at the break.

Another break from Caslick set up Sariah Paki to start the second half, before the World Rugby Player of the Year crossed for her second.

Sharni Williams completed the dominant performance as the Aussies advanced to the semi-finals

Australia Men 14 v USA Men 28

Australia have been knocked out of the quarter-finals, falling to the USA 28-14

The Americans started strong as Malacchi Esdale burst away for the opening try, followed over by Steve Tomasin as they look a quick 14-0 lead.

Dietrich Roache had the perfect answer, put through a hole by James Turner, however, David Still had an answer straight from the kickoff to restore the 14 point lead.

Roache's second got the Aussies back into the contest. In the end, the pace of Perry Baker proved too much as the USA secured the win.

Australia Women 7 v USA Women 10

Australia has been eliminated by the USA, going down 10-7 in the semi-final

Whilst the Aussies couldn't take advantage of an early yellow card, a lovely team try put Madison Ashby over for the opener

Cheta Emba hit back for the USA before Samantha Sullivan gave them a shock 10-7 lead at the break despite them being down to six.

The Americans proceeded to dominate the second half as the Australians struggled with discipline

The USA survived one last Australia attack, holding on for the 10-7 win

Australia Men 26 v Fiji Men 19

Australia has rebounded with a 26-19 victory over Fiji

Dietrich Roache continued his strong tournament, once again opening the scoring for John Manenti's side.

Roache turned provider, finding James Turner who drew the fullback for Nathan Lawson to dive over as they took a 12-7 lead into the break.

Henry Paterson extended the lead after some great footwork from Maurice Longbottom, followed over from the restart by Henry Hutchison.

Two late tries to Fiji set up a grandstand finish, with Dally Bird securing the crucial restart to book their spot in the fifth place final against Ireland

Australia Men 26 v Ireland Men 17

Australia have claimed fifth with a 26-17 win over Ireland

In a frenetic start, Jack Kelly powered his way over the line for Ireland to open the scoring, instantly answered by Henry Paterson off a Dietrich Roache break.

James Turner showed the strength and speed to run 80 metres as the Aussies hit the front 12-5 at the break

Terry Kennedy showed his class to score in the corner for the Irish, before Patterson's second restored the lead.

Patterson turned provider, setting up Trae Williams to seal the win

Australia Women 33 def Ireland Women 17

Australia has come away with the bronze medal after a 33-17 win over Ireland

Bienne Terita took advantage of her starting opportunity, bursting away to open the scoring after 90 seconds.

Eve Higgins hit back for Ireland before Tertia switched the play and darted away for her second.

Charlotte Caslick extended the lead after the siren as the Aussies took a 19-5 half-time lead.

Teagan Levi continued the onslaught after the break, followed over by Sariah Paki after a Faith Nathan line break to seal bronze.

Aussie Women’s Sevens team Hamilton 7s

1. Lily Dick

2. Sharni Williams

3. Faith Nathan

4. Dominique Du Toit

5. Teagan Levi

6. Madison Ashby

7. Charlotte Caslick (Co-captain)

9. Tia Hinds

11. Demi Hayes (Co-captain)

12. Maddison Levi

22. Bienne Terita

55. Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea

65. Sariah Paki

Aussie Men’s Sevens team Hamilton7s

1.Henry Hutchison

2. Stu Dunbar

4. Dietrich Roache

5. Tim Clements

6. Henry Paterson

7. Josh Turner

8. Dally Bird

11. Maurice Longbottom

12. Nathan Lawson

13. Simon Kennewell

14. James Turner

15. Ben Marr

22. Trae Williams

Australian Sevens Hamilton Pool B Schedules

*All times AEDT

Women

Saturday, January 21

Australia Women 26 def Japan Women 14, 9:22 am 

Australia Women 33 def Canada Women 7, 12:50 pm

Australia Women 43 def France Women 0, 3:56 pm

Sunday, January 22

Australia Women 38 def Great Britain Women 0, 7:30 am - QUARTER FINAL

Australia Women 7 def by USA Women 10, 11:20 am - SEMI FINAL

Australia Women v Ireland Women, 4:37 pm - BRONZE MEDAL

Men

Saturday, January 21

Australia Men 26 def Great Britain Men 14, 8:38 am

Australia Men 19 def by New Zealand Men 21, 12:06 pm

Australia Men 36 def Tonga Men 7, 5:05 pm

Sunday, January 22

Australia Men 14 def by USA Men 28, 9:42 am - QUARTER FINAL

Australia Men 26 v Fiji Men 19, 12:26 pm - FIFTH PLACE SEMI-FINAL

Australia Men v Ireland Men, 3:36 pm - FIFTH PLACE FINAL

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