Aussies into Cup Final in Clermont-Ferrand

by Jill Scanlon

Australia is through to the Cup Final in Clermont-Ferrand having defeated Canada 19-14 in the semi.

This result means Australia has secured second place in the 2016-2017 HSBC World Series standings.

Tim Walsh sent out a starting line-up that was made up of the Olympic elite in the squad and with most of the early possession, persistence and patience in attack paid off as Vani Pelite put the first score on the board.

Canada quickly answered through Julia Greenshields and the expected arm wrestle began.

A try to Brittany Benn as the siren sounded had Canada with a 14-7 lead at the break.

The second half was a show of determination from Australia with Chloe Dalton leading the way.

She scored both second half tries, the first of which was described in the match broadcast as “a thing of beauty” weaving her way to the line under the crossbar and levelling the scores.

Dalton’s double came from an impressive charge to the corner in what was a complete team try.

It was a milestone for Dalton as she passed 400 career points in what was another strong performance.

Australia will play traditional rivals New Zealand in the final after the Kiwis defeated France 21-7 in the second semi.

It is the Aussies' third final of the series but it will be attempting to win its first title, having lost to the Kiwis in Dubai and Las Vegas.

The final is scheduled for 2.59am AEST.

All matches will be streamed LIVE at, and LIVE on FoxSports Ch501 from 2.30am - 5.00am.


Quarter Final 

Australia has progressed through to the Cup semi final with a convincing 31-14 victory over the USA in their quarter final clash in Clermont-Ferrand.

The USA scored the opening try through Naya Tapper but from there it was almost one way traffic.

Charlotte Caslick put the Aussies on the board and then Emilee Cherry ran in a double to take her career tally to 111, her sixth for the tournament, giving Australia a 19-7 lead at the break.

Again the USA scored the opening try of the second half but after that they found possession hard to get as Australia went up a gear, relentless in attack.

Vani Pelite finally broke through to score out wide, then Caslick got her second for the game and her 50th career try.

It was a convincing performance laying down the Aussies intentions on day two.

In what will be a huge battle, Australia will now play Canada in the Cup semi-final in a match which will decide second place in the Series standings.

That match is scheduled for 11.50pm AEST.

All matches will be streamed LIVE at, and LIVE on FoxSports Ch501 from 2.30am - 5.00am.