Aussie women & NZ men claim Oceania 7s gold, Fiji and Samoa book tickets to Paris

Sun, Nov 12, 2023, 10:00 AM
Lachlan Grey
by Lachlan Grey
Australia's Bienne Terita in action on Day 2 of 2023 Oceania 7s. Picture: RA/Brendan Hertel
Australia's Bienne Terita in action on Day 2 of 2023 Oceania 7s. Picture: RA/Brendan Hertel

The Aussie women are Oceania 7s champions once again after seeing off a spirited Fiji outfit 26-0 while New Zealand pipped Samoa 24-19 in extra time to ice a magnificent men's tournament.

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Backing up from an unbeaten five-game series against NZ Development, Australia dominated the Tokyo bronze medallists with a four-try masterclass.

Maddi Levi was Australia’s chief destroyer with a brace while try-scorers Maddi Ashby and Bienne Terita impressed alongside Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea and Teagan Levi.

Ashby drew first blood against Fijiana after just two minutes with a blistering run from a scrum move before Lefau-Fakaosilea and T Levi combined to send Australia downfield and M Levi over for a 14-0 halftime lead.

The Levis combined again shortly after oranges with Teagan sending a 20m cutout to sister Maddi, who duly sprinted the length for Australia’s third try – and her eighth for the tournament.

Bienne Terita added a final flourish in the dying seconds, outpacing the Fijiana defence from set-piece to push the margin out to 26-0.

Meanwhile, the Samoan men avenged their 2022/23 World Series heartbreak with a dominant 31-0 win over Papua New Guinea to earn men’s Olympic qualification going oh so close in the Oceania decider.

The sides couldn't be split at 19-all after 14 minutes before Akuila Rokolisoa broke Samoan hearts with a runaway try five minutes into extra time.

Earlier, Fiji booked their tickets to Paris 2024 with a 54-0 smashing of Papua New Guinea in the women’s Olympic final

Turning to Australia, the men finished their campaign on a high with a 47-0 win over Cook Islands to secure 7th place following two wins (Oceania Barbarians and Niue) and two narrow losses (Fiji and New Zealand) across Days 1 and 2.

Oceania 7s - Rolling Day 3 Results (View our Day 1 & 2 Recaps here.)

  • Game 66 (20:00pm) - New Zealand v Samoa (Oceania Men's Final)
  • Game 65 (19:30pm) - Australia v Fiji (Oceania Women's Final)
  • Game 64 (19:08pm) - Fiji 36 def Papua New Guinea 7 (Oceania Men's 3rd place final)
  • Game 63 (18:46pm) - New Zealand 20 def Papua New Guinea 0 (Oceania Women's 3rd place final)
  • Game 62 (18:24pm) - Samoa 22 def Tonga 5 (Oceania Women's 5th place final)
  • Game 61 (18:02pm) - Cook Islands 19 def American Samoa 7 (Oceania Women's 7th place final)
  • Game 60 (17:40pm) - Solomon Islands 31 def Nauru 0 (Oceania Women's 9th place final)
  • Game 59 (16:24pm) - Fiji 54 def Papua New Guinea 0 (Women's Olympic Final)
  • Game 58 (16:02pm) - Australia 14 def NZ Development 10 (Women's International)
  • Game 57 (15:40pm) - Samoa 24 def Papua New Guinea 0 (Men's Olympic Final)
  • Game 56 (15:18pm) - New Zealand 24 def Fiji 17 (Oceania International Final)
  • Game 55 (14:56pm) - Tonga 22 def Solomon Islands 5 (Oceania Men's 5th place final)
  • Game 54 (14:34pm) - Australia 47 def Cook Islands 0 (Oceania Men's 7th place final)
  • Game 53 (14:12pm) - Oceania Barbarians 31 def Vanuatu 10 (Oceania Men's 9th place final)
  • Game 52 (13:50pm) - Tuvalu 10 def Nauru 5 (Oceania Men's 11th place final)
  • Game 51 (13:28pm) - American Samoa 12 def Kiribati 5 (Oceania Men's 13th place final)
  • Game 50 (13:06pm) - Papua New Guinea 21 def Tonga 12 (Women's Olympic SF)
  • Game 49 (12:44pm) - Fiji 42 def Samoa 0 (Women's Olympic SF)
  • Game 48 (12:22pm) - Solomon Islands 19 def Cook Islands 14 (Oceania Women's 7th-10th SF)
  • Game 47 (12:00pm) - American Samoa 27 def Nauru 7 (Oceania Women's 7th-10th SF)

Australian Men's Squad & Fixtures/Results - Oceania 7s

Nick Malouf, Dally Bird, Aden Ekanayake, Ben Dalton, Tim Clements, James McGregor, Hayden Sargeant, Ben Dowling, Dietrich Roache, James Turner, Henry Palmer, Nathan Lawson

Day 1 (Friday 10 November) - Australia 24 def Oceania Barbarians 0

Day 2 (Saturday 11 November) - Australia 47 def Niue 5, Australia 22 def by Fiji 28, Australia 10 def by New Zealand 10

Day 3 (Sunday 12 November) - Australia 47 def Cook Islands 0 (Oceania Men's 7th place final)

Australian Women's Squad - Oceania 7s

Sariah Paki, Bella Nasser, Kaitlin Shave, Madison Ashby, Maddison Levi, Teagan Levi, Faith Nathan, Demi Hayes, Bienne Terita, Sharni Smale, Charlotte Caslick, Dominique Du Toit, Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea

Day 1 (Friday 10 November) - Australia 21 def v NZ Development 19 (Game 1), Australia 21 draw NZ Development 19 (Game 2)

Day 2 (Saturday 11 November) - Australia 26 def NZ Development 12 (Game 3), Australia v NZ Development (Game 4)

Day 3 (Sunday 12 November) - Australia 14 def NZ Development 10 (Game 5), Australia v Fiji (Oceania Women's Final)


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