Australia Sevens enact revenge after strong opening day wins in LA

Sat, Mar 2, 2024, 6:07 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Maddison Levi's hat-trick inspired Australia to victory over Ireland in a rematch of the Perth Final. Photo: World Rugby
Maddison Levi's hat-trick inspired Australia to victory over Ireland in a rematch of the Perth Final. Photo: World Rugby

The Australian Sevens sides have vanquished their respective demons as they produced two strong wins on the opening day of the Los Angeles event.

The Women impressed in their 31-0 win over Ireland, with Maddison Levi starring with a hat-trick.

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It was the first time the two teams had faced off since Ireland defeated Australia in the Perth Final, ending their 'dream' of a home title.

Captain Charlotte Caslick was suited up but was not needed throughout the match as the composed Australians started fast through Levi.

They wore down the Irish defence reeling without Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe as Levi got her second, with Bella Nasser scoring on the siren for a 19-0 lead.

Faith Nathan finished off a great pass from Dom du Toit in the corner before Levi added her third to seal the win.

It was the perfect start to veteran Sharni Smale's 50th tournament, becoming the second Australian to achieve the feat after Caslick brought up the half-century in Vancouver.

“It brought back a bit of memories from being a captain but to be able to stand alongside Charlotte Caslick (with 50 caps), doing life with her is pretty awesome. I was just super pumped to be out there with the girls," she reflected on the achievement.

“It’s nice to get on top of them considering they broke our dream in Perth but also a super fresh team, getting those combos right and getting the young girls to really get out there and have a go and maybe they’ll get 50 caps."

As for the Men, they knocked off New Zealand, who comfortably defeated them 35-5 in Cape Town.

The Aussies got off to a flyer thanks to a trip from Sam Dickson, sending him to the bin and reducing the Kiwis to six.

Tries to Nathan Lawson and Nick Malouf gave them the early lead before James Turner's try before the break gave them a 19-7 lead at the break.

Cody Vai got NZ back in the contest but the Aussies answered straight back through Dietrich Roache.

This sealed the win, with the All Black Sebens struggling for discipline as Fehi Fineanganofo was sent off with a minute to go for a high shot on Roache.

“Every time we lose we train really hard, especially (after) last week, we wanted to bounce back and we did," Turner said.

“I think we’re just keeping each other accountable, some of the boys didn’t do their roles so we fixed that today and did that well and benefited from it.

“They’re a really good team and it’s always going to be competitive every time Australia and New Zealand play and I think we put on a good game.”


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