Aussie girls win World School Sevens, boys nab bronze

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by Beth Newman

Australia's Youth Sevens girls have topped the lot at the World Schools Sevens with a 29-5 win over New Zealand as the boys finished with bronze.

The Aussies controlled the title decider, looking to reverse the result from the Oceania U18 tournament earlier this year, and took a 12-point lead into the break.

Two more tries and a second-half shutout sealed the victory and an undefeated tournament for the girls in Auckland.

Australia opened their campaign with a 17-12 win over the NZ Dutch before taking a 31-5 win over the Cook Islands and a 38-6 win over Japan in their pool matches.

The Aussie Youth Sevens boys finished third. Photo: World Schools SevensTheir undefeated run landed them into a rematch against Japan in their semi-final and their 35-12 victory there propelled them into the final against the Kiwis.

Australia's boys finished third in a competitive field, behind the NZ Condors and NZ Fiji.

The Aussies lost just one match over the two-day competition, a 15-12 semi-final defeat at the hands of the NZ Fijian side.

They opened their pool rounds with a 52-0 win over Vanuatu, before beating the Tonga Barbarians 17-3 and finishing their preliminary stages with a 36-6 over the NZ Nuie.

Australia's boys rebounded from that disappointment to finish the weekend on a high with a 26-19 third-place playoff win over the NZ Maori.