Black Ferns outgun Aussie women in final

Womens - Paris
by Sam Phillips

Australia's Paris 7s campaign has come to an end, neither side finishing in flattering style on finals day.

Australia's men were knocked out of the Trophy half of the tournament in a disappointing end to their World Series campaign and the women couldn't get past New Zealand in a near replica of the Langford 7s final.

Here's how all the action panned out.

2am - Caslick takes to captaincy

Not a bad start to Charlotte Caslick's time with the captain's armband on.


1:50am - Women's Cup final - New Zealand 33 Australia 7

Australia have been forced to settle for second in the final leg of the World Series, rolled by the red hot Black Ferns in the Cup final.

The opening kick off was knocked on by New Zealand but the referee didn't see it that way and after the Kiwis regathered, Michaela Blyde drew first blood.

Both sides had players sent to the bin in the minutes that followed and New Zealand captain Sarah Goss took full advantage of the extra space, splitting the Australians up the middle to score her side's second.

Blyde then drew two defenders and put Portia Woodman away for New Zealand's third before Gayle Broughton picked off a pass in the Australian 22 in the final play of the first half, offloading to give Blyde her second and send the Kiwis into the break leading 26-0.


An exhausting second half followed, neither side able to break the deadlock as New Zealand tried to run the clock dead.

It took a slick Charlotte Caslick break to put Vani Pelite over, Woodman nabbing a double to put the icing on the cake for the Kiwis.

Caslick, Pelite and Shannon Parry all put in huge shifts and matched the physicality of the Kiwis - an improvement on the flogging at the hands of the same opponent in Langford.

9pm - Trophy semi final - Argentina 24 Australia 19

Australia's poor Paris 7s campaign has gone from bad to worse, falling to Argentina in the trophy semi final.

The Australians started the match in style by putting Dylan Pietsch over in the left corner inside the first two minutes but the Argentina defence halted the raids that followed and when they had their own chance to attack, they found the line through Juan Segundo Rosas Paz.

A lineout from the ensuing restart was then won by the Argentinians, a cutout pass off the turnover ball putting Rosas Paz in for his second, opening up a 12-5 lead at the break.


Pietsch matched Rosas Paz’s double with a brace of his own when play resumed and when Lewis Holland slotted the conversion, scores were all square with five to play.

The Argentinians responded with a clever grubber behind the line, Lautaro Bazan Velez falling on the ball over the line to put his side up 19-12 with 90 seconds left.

A Maurice Longbottom drop then gave the Argentinians the ball back and another grubber went in behind the Aussie line, the Argies had their sealer.

A late five pointer for Liam McNamara was little consolation for the Australians, who finished the tournament in terrible style.

5:28pm - Trophy quarter final - Australia 14 Russia 5

The Russians had all the early ball and it took a pair of piggyback penalties to give the Australians the necessary field position to strike - Lewis Holland doing so in the fourth minute to draw first blood.


Both sides showed why they had been relegated to the Trophy part of the draw for the remainder of the first term, trading errors to send the Aussies into the break up 7-0.

A superb line from Sam Myers set up Australia's second when play resumed, Lachie Anderson throwing a well timed pass to put him over.

Russia returned serve with their first try as time winded down but when the conversion drifted wide it kept the Australians two scores in front and all but sealed a sloppy win for the Aussies.

They'll face Argentina in a Trophy semi final at 8:35pm AEST.

4:50pm - Australian women lock in World Series crown


ICYMI, here's how all the action panned out on Saturday, including the semi final win of Australia's women which secured the overall World Series crown.