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Aussie Women's Sevens claim gold as Men take silver in Seville

Sun, 30/01/2022, 8:00 pm
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The Australian Women's Sevens have won their third World Series title in Seville taking the final 17-12 against ireland.

The Australian Women's Sevens have won their third World Series title in Seville, while The Australian Men have claimed silver.

South Africa again stood in the way of The Australian Men taking out the Cup Final, defeating the Australian's 33-7. While Ireland proved to be a formidable side for the Australian, but, key plays from Dom Du Toit and Faith Nathan helped secure Australia's third title.

Corey Toole was again crowned Impact player of the tournament for the second weekend in a row. At the same time, Dom Du Toit was named player of the final.

The Australian Men's Sevens will now commence preparations for the Singapore leg of the World Series, while the Women will turn their attention to Langford in April.

Australian Sevens Seville Game by Game:

Friday 28 January

Australian Women 38 defeated Belgium 0

The Australian Women made a triumphant return to the World stage, defeating Belgium by a convincing 38 points in their opening pool match. Tia Hinds kicked off the game for the Australians before Faith Nathan, and Lily Dick followed in quick succession.

The Australian attack was again ruthless in the second half, with a further 19-points going to the women in gold. Madison Ashby crossed first for the women's team before Dom Du Toit found the chalk, current World Series Impact player Charlotte Caslick closed out the scoring during the 13th minute to close out the match 38-0.

Saturday 29 January

Australian Men 42 defeated Kenya 0

During their opening match in Seville, the Australian Men's Sevens have shown themselves to the top of Pool D, defeating Kenya in a record 42-0 point win.

Acting Men's captain, Henry Hutchison kicked off the points offensive, leading from the front and scoring back to back tries for the men in Gold to set the tone of the match, before Maurice Longbottom followed, giving the Australians a 21-0 lead at the break.

Fan favourite Corey Toole would be next to cross for the Australian's scoring two back to back tries to lead the Aussies try tally before Yool Yool closed out the match. Successful conversions to Dietrich Roache saw the Aussie's steam ahead, with Roache currently boasting the highest kicking accuracy in the competition.

Australian Women 26 defeated Spain 7

The Aussie Women's have continued their unbeaten run in Seville, defeating tournament hosts Spain, 26-7 early on Saturday morning. Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea scored the opening try of the match before Spain retaliated. Faith Nathan quickly returned serve to give the Australian's a 14-7 lead at halftime.

Australia's momentum continued to build in the second half, with Dom Du Toit scoring off the kick-off before a tough back and forth ensued. Faith Nathan eventually broke the Spanish defence to go over for her second of the match, securing the 26-7 win for the Aussies.

Australian Men 19 defeated Scotland 7

The Australian Men commenced their day two true to form, with a 19-7 win over Scotland. Corey Toole again dominated the attach for Australia, claiming the opening two tries to give the Aussies a 14-0 lead at the break.

Ben Dowling was first to cross for the Australian's in the second half, extending the lead for the Aussies before a tough back and forth ensued between both sides. A yellow card to Henry Hutchison eventually saw Scotland provided with an opportunity to cross. However, Australia's defence remained resolute, to close out the match 19-7.

Australian Women 10 defeated by France 12

France has overpowered the Australian Women's Sevens to finish atop Pool C in Seville. Charlotte Caslick opened the scoring for Australia before France quickly returned serve to lead 5-7. As a tough back and forth commenced, neither side could capitalise, and the Aussies went into the break trailing by two points.

Faith Nathan was first to cross in the second half to return the Aussies to the lead before France again found a gap in Australia's defence to reclaim the lead. As both sides look to exploit each others weakness, time would eventually escape the Aussies, with France claiming a narrow two-point victory.

Australia will next face Russia during the Cup Quarter Final at 3:58am on Sunday 30 January.

Sunday 30 January

Australian Men 35 defeated Canada 12

The Australian Men have remained undefeated in Seville, following a convincing 35-12 point win over Canada.

Dietrich Roach scored early for the Australian's before Maurice Longbottom danced his way through the Canadian defence to bring the Australian's to an early lead.

Australia continued to play on the wings with an early try to Solomone Vosaicake, furthering the Australian's lead in the second half, before Yool Yool crossed in the match's final moments. However, Ben Dowling would have the last say, scoring on the hooter to round out the match 35-12.

The Aussies will now face the USA in the Cup Quarter Final at 6:05am AEDT

Women's Cup Quarter Final - Australia 41 defeated Russia 0

After an emphatic 41-0 victory over Russia in Seville, Australia has advanced to the Cup Semi-Final.

In a whitewash for the women in Gold, back to back tries to Sharni Williams in the opening stanza set the tone for the match before Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea rounded out the first half.

Madison Ashby opened the second half before Teagan Levi crossed for her first points on the World Series to extend Australia's lead. Dom Du Toit followed from the restart before one last try to Charlotte Caslick confirmed the victory.

Australia will now face the winner of match 22 in the Cup Semi-Final, kicking off during the early hours on Monday morning (AEDT).

Men's Cup Quarter Final - Australian Men 29 defeated USA 14

The Australian Men's Seven's remain undefeated on day two of the Seville Sevens, defeating USA 29-14 on Sunday morning.

In a tight contest for both teams, Australia eventually edged out the USA, scoring four tries to their two. Solomone Vosaicake again opened the scoring for Australia to cross in the opening exchanges. The USA struck next with back to back tries before Nathan Lawson brought the Australian's back into the match to trail 12-14 at halftime.

Australia took ownership of the second half, with an opening try to Maurice Longbottom, before Josh Turner found a weakness in the defence to cross for a tie of his own. However, a penalty kick to Longbottom would prove the nail in the coffin, kicking the penalty on the stroke of full-time to secure the win.

The Australian Men will now advance to the Cup Semi-Final, where they will take on either France or Argentina on Monday 31 January at 2:28am

Monday 31 January

Women's Cup Semi Final - Australia 21 defeated USA 19

The Australian Women's Sevens team have qualified for their third Cup Final on the 2021-22 Sevens World Series following a narrow two-point victory over the USA.

Tia Hinds crossed first in the match to set the tone for the Aussies. However, the women in gold were only able to hold the USA's physicality back for so long before they crossed in quick succession to lead 14-7 at halftime.

In the second half, an early yellow card saw Australia exploit an opportunity to return to the match. Faith Nathan and Maddison Levi crossed shortly after one another to apply pressure on the weakened American defence. A final try to the US would prove to be too little, too late, as the Aussies gained a late penalty to hold out possession and secure their place in the final.

Australia will now face Ireland in the Cup Final, kicking off at 5:56am AEDT

Men's Cup Semi Final - Australia 28 defeated Argentina 7

The Australian Men's Sevens have advanced to the Cup Final, following a convincing 28-7 win over Argentina in the semi-final.

Argentina crossed following their opening touch of the ball off the kick-off, however, it proved to be their points of the half as Australia again upped their work rate to keep their undefeated status in Seville alive.

Corey Toole was first to bring the Aussies to the game before captain Henry Hutchison found the chalk next to the posts. Toole would cross again before the break, following a perfectly timed pass from Maurice Longbottom, which put him over the line.

Longbottom would then cross for a try of his own, in what would be Australia's only try in the second half, before a tough back and forth commenced between two sides. While Argentina would cross for the match's final try, it wouldn't be enough with Australia advancing to the Cup Final.

Australia will now face reigning World Champions South Africa in the Cup Final, kicking off at 6:26am AEDT

Women's Cup Final - Australia 17 defeated Ireland 12

The Australian Women's Sevens have won their third cup final of the 2021-22 World Series, defeating Ireland by a single try in Seville.

Ireland crossed for the opening 12 points of the match with quick back to back tries before Faith Nathan broke the drought for Australia to find a gap in the Irish defence right before halftime.

As the second half commenced, neither side able to find a weakness in the defensive armour as both teams went back and forth with the ball. It wasn't until the 12th minute that the deadlock was broken as Dom Du Toit crossed for the Aussies.

Du Toit's try continued the battle for possession, with the match continuing past the hooter with both teams locked on 12 points. But just as it seemed destined for extra time, Faith Nathan again found a hole in the Irish defence to cross, securing the match for Australia, 17-12..

Men's Cup Final - Australia 7 defeated by South Africa 33

Reigning World Champions, South Africa again proved too difficult to beat for the Australian's as the team ended Australia's undefeated status in Seville and extended their own to 34 straight matches.

Australia was first to cross in the match, with both teams battling for possession. Ben Dowling would be the first to cross the line, breaking the try drought in the sixth minute, in what would be Australia's only try.

South Africa then retaliated, and we're ruthless in their attack, crossing for five tries in the next seven minutes. Yellow cards to both Josh Turner and Maurice Longbottom stretched The Australian defence, with the gold jerseys unable to contain the onslaught of South African attackers, with the side tallying up 33 points by full time.

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