Aussie women to play for third in Canada

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by Beth Newman

Australia's women's Sevens might have found their bogey team, after losing to England 15-5 in the Canada Cup semi-final on Monday morning.

The world number one side will miss the Cup final for the first time this season after losing to the English for the second time in a row, their only losses of the 2015-16 Series.

Their shot at securing the overall Series title had already been snuffed out, with second-placed New Zealand making the semifinals of the tournament.

The youthful Australia squad played beyond its experience in the tournament to make the semi final and it ultimately wasn’t enough for a spot in the decider.

England’s captain Emily Skarratt drew first blood with a try in the third minute but Tiana Penitani stole one back in the shadows of half-time to draw scores level.

England were the first side to get on the board in the second half, with Abbie Brown getting on the board

Joanne Watmore streaked away for England’s third in the 12th minute giving England a five-point advantage and laying down the challenge to the Aussies

The Aussies had a handful of half-chances in the dying minutes but strong English defence and a mistimed pass out wide

Mahalia Murphy looked certain of scoring a try to close the gap with 30 seconds left but the former Jillaroo knocked on in-goal.

Australia will play France in the third place play off at 10:40am LIVE on FOXSPORTS.

 

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