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GAME BY GAME: Australia Women claim Sevens World Cup, Men finish fourth

Sun, 11/09/2022, 5:16 pm
It's 50 days to go until the next Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament kicks off in Cape Town! 40 teams will compete to claim the men's and women's titles, so here's a breakdown of who's competing and the competition format in what will be an action packed weekend in South Africa!

Australia's Sevens sides have continued their golden 2021-22 campaign as they head to Cape Town for the Rugby Sevens World Cup.

Tim Walsh and the Women's side have completed a historic Triple Crown following their success in the World Series and Commonwealth Games.

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They defeated New Zealand 24-22 in a thrilling final, powered home by Player of the Final Sharni Williams and hat-trick hero Maddison Levi

John Manenti's side finished fourth after their breakthrough World Series campaign.

They were defeated by Fiji 38-14 before a late try powered Ireland to the bronze medal.

Fiji would go on to claim the men's title as they cruised to victory over New Zealand 29-12

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

Australia Women 48 v Madagascar Women 0

A historic five-try haul from Faith Nathan has powered Australia to a 48-0 victory over Madagascar.

Nathan opened the scoring after a scrappy start from both sides, going over untouched before Maddison Levi followed her over.

The flyer crossed for a double just before the break as the World Series champions took a 26-0 lead into the break

Nathan crossed for a third and her fourth shortly after, with Sharni Williams sealing the win after an incredible try-saving tackle from Maddison Levi.

She completed the feat on the siren, the first to so in World Cup history, as the defending Commonwealth Games champions cruised to victory, booking their place in the quarter-finals

Australia Men 35 v Uruguay Men 0

Australia Men's Sevens side have started strong, cruising to a 35-0 victory over Uruguay.

After a tense start, Henry Paterson opened the scoring, beating the Uruguayan defence as he raced away under the posts.

Henry Hutchison crossed just before the break to give the Australians a 14-0 lead at halftime after Tomas Inciarte was yellow carded,

Maurice Longbottom put the result out of question as he scored instantly in the second half.

Paterson and Longbottom’s second tries of the match secured the victory, sealing a date with France in the quarter-finals.

Australia Women 35 v England Women 5

Tim Walsh's side have eased into the semi-finals with a 35-5 win over England.

Charlotte Caslick got the Commonwealth Games champions off to a flyer as she scored inside two minutes, before Faith Nathan's double powered them to a 21-0 half-time lead.

Nathan's hat-trick sealed the win, continuing her incredible tournament as Teagan Levi crossed late to secure their place.

Australia Men 14 v France Men 5

Australia have survived a tough match-up, defeating France 14-5.

In a rematch of Toulouse, a late Henry Paterson try were the lone points of the first half as the World Series champions took a 7-0 lead into the break.

Paulin Riva instantly hit back for the French, setting up the grandstand finish.

In the end, the experience of Maurice Longbottom shone through, getting over the line to book their spot in the semi-finals against Fiji

Australia Women 17 v USA Women 7

Australia have booked their place in the final with a 17-7 win over USA.

Co-captain Charlotte Caslick got the World Series champions off to a perfect start as she stepped through the line to score.

These were the lone points on the half as the Americans held on despite flyer Jaz Gray's yellow carded for a deliberate knock down.

Some brutal defence from Sharni Williams forced the mistake just after the break, allowing Caslick to dive over for a double.

USA hit back late as Nicole Heavirland capitalised on continual pressure to set up a grandstand finish.

In the end, the Commonwealth Games champions were too strong as Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea put the result out of doubt.

Australia Men 14 v Fiji Men 38

Fiji have eliminated Australia, producing a dominant 38-14 over Australia.

Fiji instantly started strong as tries to Filipe Sauturaga and Waisea Nacuqu powered them to a 12-0 lead.

Nick Malouf hit back for the World Series champions, however, a controversial yellow card to Josh Turner allowed Fiji to hit back as Iosefo Masi snatched an intercept on the siren.

Kaminieli Rasaku extended the lead and whilst Turner crossed after he served his two minutes off the field, the Fijians proved too strong as Jeremaia Matana and Viwa Naduvalo sealed the victory.

Fiji will face New Zealand in the final, whilst the Australians take on Ireland for third

Australia Men 14 v Ireland Men 19

Australia have finished fourth at the Rugby World Cup Sevens after narrowly going down to Ireland.

After a back-and-forth first half, Nathan Lawson opened the scoring as he dived over, before Sean Cribbin responded just before the break.

Needing a breakthrough, Impact Player of the Year Corey Toole stepped up, slicing through t0 cross the line.

A deft grubber got Ireland back in the contest as Terry Kennedy won the race to the ball, before Harry Mcnulty dived over in the corner after an incredible kick pass to seal the win.

Australia Women 24 v New Zealand Women 22

Australia have claimed a historic triple crown, holding on to defeat New Zealand 24-22.

The Kiwis opened the scoring via Kelly Brazier, before a double to Maddison Levi gave the World Series champions a 12-10 lead at the break.

The yellow carding of Niall Williams opened the door for the Commonwealth Games champions to strike as Faith Nathan and Maddison Levi crossed in the space of two minutes.

Shiray Kaka started the comeback for New Zealand, before Alena Saili scored on the siren to seemingly push the game into extra time.

However, the conversation sailed left and the Australians held on to cap off a remarkable season


Sevens squads for Rugby World Cup


1. Henry Hutchison

2. Billy Meakes

3. Corey Toole

4. Dietrich Roache

5. James Turner

6. Henry Paterson

7. Josh Turner

8. Matt Gonzalez

9. Stu Dunbar

10. Nick Malouf (c)

11: Maurice Longbottom

12. Nathan Lawson

13th player: Ben Marr


1. Charlotte Caslick (co-c)

2. Lily Dick

3. Dominique Du Toit

4. Demi Hayes (co-c)

5. Madison Ashby

6. Tia Hinds

7. Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea

8. Maddison Levi

9. Teagan Levi

10. Faith Nathan

11. Sariah Paki

12. Sharni Williams

13th Player: Bienne Terita

Australia Rugby Sevens World Cup Schedule

*All times AEST


Australia Women 48 v Madagascar Women 0, 8:11 pm AEST 


Australia Men 35 v Uruguay Men 0, 12:45 am AEST


Australia Women 35 v England Women 5 3:07 am AEST - QUARTER FINAL

Australia Men 14 v France Men 5, 4:35 am AEST - QUARTER FINAL

Australia Women 17 v USA Women 7, 9:05 pm - SEMI FINAL

Australia Men 14 v Fiji Men 38, 9:33 pm AEST - SEMI FINAL


Australia Men v Ireland Men, 3:25 am - BRONZE MEDAL

Australia Women v New Zealand Women, 4:17 am - FINAL


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