Australia one win away from World Series title

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by Beth Newman

Australia is one win away from its first World Series title, after an undefeated start to the Clermont Sevens.

With Australia only needing a sixth place finish to guarantee the tropy, a Cup quarter-final berth puts them just a victory away from ensuring the historic win.

Victories over Fiji, Ireland and France on day one put Australia through to the final eight, as they bid for Australia's first World Series title in men's or women's Sevens.

With one of he strongest lineups they have fielded all season, the Aussies asserted their dominance against Fiji, with a 34-0 win sparked by an Emma Tonegato double.

The return of co-captain Sharni Williamsm in her first tournament since Dubai last Decemver, had an instant impact at the breakdwon, while Ellia Green's comeback from an injury layoff was spectacular, with the winger notching four tries.

Evania Pelite, coming back from an elbow injury, also added extra spark to their attack.

An early arm wrestle against Ireland turned into a runaway win for Australia, with the Aussies running out 40-5 winners.

Green had two for herself there, among six Australian tries.

Their final match of the day was their toughest, with host France putting up a competitive fight, but even a hostile home crowd couldn't quell Australia's momentum.

Two first-half tries, to Alicia Quirk and Shannon Parry, put them a nose in front, before Green's final try of the day sealed the deal.

If Australia stays in the Cup competition with a win over Spain in its Cup quarter-final, the World Series lead will be unassailable.

Australia plays Spain in the Clermont Cup quarter-finals on Sunday night at 9:04pm (AEST).

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