Women's Sevens through to Atlanta Cup semis

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by Beth Newman

Australia's Women's Sevens will play a blockbuster Cup Semi final against Canada after beating the USA 22-5 in their Cup quarter-final on Sunday morning..

The Aussies showed their opening day loss to England was merely a blip on the radar as they controlled proceedings in their quarter-final clash.

After being knocked out by the host nation in the 2015 tournament, Australia ensured they wouldn’t suffer the same fate this time around with a dominant showing.

Emma Tonegato kicked things off with an early double that put Australia 12 points up at the break.

 

The USA hammered the Australian line after the half-time hooter  and a yellow card to captain Shannon Parry gave the Americans  an extra shot well after the clock ticked down.

Australia’s defensive line absorbed the pressure ,though, and maintained its advantage at the break.

Emilee Cherry stretched the lead for the Aussies in the ninth minute before World Series debutant Dominique du Toit added to her try tally just a minute later.

Du Toit stepped around one defender and beat three others as she doted down in the corner to give Australia a 22-0 lead.

Jessica Javalet snatched one back for the USA in the final minute but it was late consolation for the tournament, with the game already beyond doubt.

The win means Australia is one step closer to keeping its perfect record of tournament Cup wins intact, having taken home the Dubai and Sao Paulo trophies.

Australia will face Canada  in the Cup semi-final at 7:04am AEST, streamed live on worldrugby.org.

 

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