Aussies unbeaten on day one in Langford

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by Beth Newman

Australia's women's Sevens are through to the Cup quarter-finals in Canada, after a perfect day one.

The Aussies finished their pool matches unbeaten, with a 22-7 win over Canada, 31-19 defeat of Ireland and a 43-10 finish over Spain.

They will face Fiji in Monday's Cup quarter-finals, kicking off at 2:42am AEST, live on the World Rugby Facebook page.

11:30am - Day two schedule

The Aussie Sevens had a perfect day one in Canada. Photo: WalmsleyHere's how the Cup quarter-finals will play out on Monday morning (AEST)

2:20am - France vs Ireland

2:42am - Australia vs Fiji

3:04am - USA vs Canada

3:26am - New Zealand vs England

10:41am - Australia 43 - Spain 10

Charlotte Caslick made her return to the World Series in Langford. Photo: WalmsleyAustralia has finished on top of Pool C at the Canada Sevens, completing a perfect day one with a 38-5 win over Spain.

The Aussies got off to the perfect start, with Evania Pelite palming off some Spanish defenders, to score almost immediately from Australia’s kick-off.

Charlotte Caslick heralded her return to the fold with her first try of the day, showing off some trademark footwork to cross under the posts.

Caslick finished off again two minutes later, after some clever work on the edge from Pelite, and by half-time they’d added two more, through Emilee Cherry and Emma Tonegato.

They were facing the sun in the second half, but that didn’t trouble Australia, with Demi Hayes streaking away down the sideline to score.

Spain broke their duck with Enara Cacho slipping out of Australia’s grasp in the 12th minute, but Australia soon had a reply, through Dom Du Toit.

A last-gasp try from Maria Losada gave Spain a consolation try 90 seconds after full-time, showing their grit, but it was too little, too late for an unlikely win.

Australia will play a quarter-final against the second-placed team in Pool A, most likely to be Fijiana, at 2:42am AEST on Monday.

7:52am - Australia 31 - Ireland 19

John Manenti addresses the Aussie women. Photo: WalmsleyAustralia sits clear on top of its Canada Sevens pool, with one match left on Sunday, after a 31-19 win over Ireland.

It took little time for Dom du Toit to score Australia’s first against the Irish and they had three in the first five minutes to open up a 17-point buffer

Emma Tonegato had a hand in two of the first three tries, sending the final pass into Emma Sykes’ hands of their second, before finishing one off herself.

Shannon Parry had time to score a fourth one for the Aussies before half-time, with Emma Sykes cleaning up a messy pass from Dominique Du Toit and finding Parry on the wing.

Ireland found some momentum in the second half, with their best attacking chance and a penalty gave Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe the chance to cross.

Stacey Flood combined with Murphy Crowe for Ireland’s second in a row, with Eve Higgins the eventual finisher of that duo’s hard work.

Tonegato snuffed out any chance of an Irish miracle, streaking away for her second of the match, before Murphy Crowe gave Ireland the final say.

Australia takes on Spain in the final round of pool matches, at 10:22am AEST.

4:57am - Australia 22 - Canada 7

Dom du Toit scored for the Aussies against Canada. Photo: WalmsleyAustralia has cruised to an opening win at the Canada Sevens, getting the better of the hosts in the opener.

Emma Tonegato had a double for the game, opening the scoring, after a super run from Evania Pelite put the Aussies in a dangerous position

Australia looked like scoring again a minute later but some sloppy breakdown work gave Canada a turnover chance and the hosts put themselves in the driver’s seat.

Tonegato was taken down on the way to a possible try, as Canada began to take some control.

Australia’s defence kept Canada out and a quick tap on their own line gave Tonegato a chance to go end-to-end, with a 98-metre run for her second

Yasmin Meakes clinched Australia’s third in the ninth minute, grasping a high Charlotte Caslick pass to stretch their lead to 17 points, before Dom Du Toit added to the tally.

Canada’s Bianca Farella nabbed a consolation score in the final minute, but it was too little, too late for the North Americans.

Australia takes on Ireland in its second pool match of the tournament, kicking off at 7:30am AEST, LIVE on the World Rugby Facebook page or

4:11am - How the Aussies are shaping up

The Aussie women kick things off on day one with a clash against tournament hosts, Canada.


Aussie women's sevens for Langford Sevens 

1. Shannon Parry (c), 26 caps, QLD and Griffith University

2. Yasmin Meakes*, 1 cap, ACT and University of Canberra

3. Demi Hayes, 5 caps, QLD and Griffith University

4. Dominique Du Toit, 8 caps, QLD and Macquarie University

5. Emma Tonegato, 20 caps, NSW and University of Adelaide

6. Evania Pelite, 16 caps, QLD and University of Adelaide

7. Charlotte Caslick, 24 caps, QLD and Bond University

8. Page McGregor, 1 cap, NSW and Macquarie University

9. Emma Sykes, 8 caps, QLD and University of Queensland

10. Lauren Brown, 1 cap, QLD and Griffith University

11. Emilee Cherry, 27 caps, QLD and University of Queensland

12. Georgina Friedrichs, 9 caps, QLD and University of Tasmania

13th. Lillian Dick*, QLD and University of Queensland

*Uncapped on HSBC Sevens World Series


Sunday May 13 

All times AEST 

Australia vs Canada, 4:36am

Australia vs Ireland, 7:30am

Australia vs Spain, 10:22am