Cape Town Sevens: Aussie women top pool, men to play off for 11th

Mens - Cape Town
by RUGBY.com.au

Australia's women have topped their Cape Town Sevens pool after another undefeated day in South Africa while the Aussie men have been relegated to the 11th place playoff.

The Aussie women edged past the USA in their final game of the day, ensuring they progress into the final eight as the best team from Pool C.

They will play Fiji in their Cup quarter-final at 7:12pm AEDT.

Australia's men have had another horror Cape Town weekend, in a tournament where they have struggled in recent years.

The men took a win in their final match, against Samoa, but it wasn't enough to push them into the pool's top two.

They will play off for 11th, continuing a run of poor results in South Africa in recent years.

QUARTER-FINALISTS

Women

6:50pm - France vs Russia

7:12pm - Australia vs Fiji

7:34pm - Canada vs USA

7:56pm - New Zealand vs England

Men

8:18pm - South Africa vs Kenya

8:40pm - France vs Argentina

9:02pm - Ireland vs Fiji

9:24pm - New Zealand vs Scotland

2:40am - MEN - Australia vs Kenya

Australia's men finished their pool stages with a 24-14 win over Samoa but it wasn't enough to secure them a quarter-final spot.

Josh Turner opened the scoring for Australia in the third minute and the men in gold never really looked back after that.

Sean McMahon found the line for the first time in his Sevens comeback two minutes later and Simon Kennewell added to their tally in the sixth minute.

Turner had a double, scoring his second in the eighth minute, and though Samoa mounted a strong comeback, the Aussies managed to hold them out.

Despite their victory, the Aussies were relegated to third in their pool after losses to Ireland and Kenya on days one and two.

They will face Canada in the 11th place playoff at 1:32am AEDT on Monday.

RESULT

Australia 24

Tries: Turner 2, McMahon, Kennewell

Cons: Holland 2

Samoa 14

Tries: Tuitama 2

Cons: Alosio 2

12:20am - WOMEN - Australia vs USA

A last-gasp Emma Tonegato try has given Australia a 19-14 win over the USA and top spot in their Cape Town pool.

Australia has finished the pool stage undefeated and will play the Pool A runner-up, likely to be Fiji on Sunday night.

The Aussies had the early attacking chances but some wayward passes forced the Aussies te be patient.

Ellia Green found some pay for the Aussies with a powerful run resulting in their first try.

Sharni Williams was over in almost the exact same spot mere minutes later, taking a quick tap after winning a turnover and powering over the line.

The USA hit back just on the stroke of half-time through Alev Kelter to narrow the gap to just one score.

America peppered the Aussie line and Lauren Doyle took a quick tap over the line after a penalty less thant five metres from the Australian line.

Handling errors and penalties plagued Australia as the clock ticked over with scores all square.

Emma Tonegato found redemption for her own uncharacteristic errors beating two USA defenders to score and give Australia what was ultimately

A deliberate knockdown from Alicia Lucas left the Aussies a player down in the final play but a USA error meant Australia hung on for the win.

Australia will play its quarter-final on Sunday night at 7:12pm AEDT.

RESULT

Australia 19

Tries: Green, Williams, Tonegato

Cons: Williams 2

USA 14

Tries: Kelter

Cons: Kelter

8:21pm - MEN - Australia vs Kenya

Australia's men face an uphill battle to make the quarter-finals in Cape Town after a 12-7 loss to Kenya.

Sean McMahon had his first start of the tournament and made his presence felt in defence but the 25-year-old only featured for a half again.

It was defence that the Aussies needed in the early stages, trying to keep Kenya in their own 22.

Eventually weight of possession opened up the door for Kenya's Vincent Onyala to score, slipping through the Australian attack with a dummy run and sprinting out of Simon Kennewell's reach on his way to the line.

Rod Davies had an ominous break for the Aussies but an attempted pass missed its target and Australia had to keep working for another chance.

Joe Pincus finally broke Australia's duck in the seventh minute with skipper Lewis Holland taking a quick tap and putting Pincus over.

Former sprinter Trae Williams had two missed opportunities early in the second half but a knock-on in the midfield and a superb last-gasp Kenya tackle robbed the newcomer of a score.

Kenya were the first to score in the 10th minute as Alvin Otieno barged his way past Jeral Skelton to score.

Mistakes from both sides, including a dubious decision from Matt Hood to kick in the dying seconds, cost both sides opportunities but it was Kenya hanging onto a five-point lead until the final play.

Australia won a number of penalties as the clock ticked on beyond full-time but ultimately time ran out for the Aussies.

Australia's men play their final pool match against Samoa at 2:09am AEDT.

RESULT

Australia 7

Tries: Pincus

Cons: Holland

Kenya 12

Tries: Onyala, Otieno

Cons: Taabu

6:06pm - WOMEN - Australia vs Ireland

Australia's women began day two with a second straight shutout, beating Ireland 29-0 on Saturday night (AEDT) to keep their perfect pool record going.

The two sides traded early errors in dewy conditions bvut it was the Aussies who settled first.

After a pivotal turnover early, co-captain Shannon Parry set up Emma Tonegato for the first score of the match.

Parry and co-captain Sharni Williams opened up space in attack and the former offloaded at the perfect time for Tonegato to notch the opener.

A long-range pass from Alicia Lucas put Cassie Staples over for the second in the fourth minute as Australia began to find more opportunities against the Irish defence.

Lucas helped stop Ireland's best attacking chance of the opening half with a super lineout steal and the defensive move transformed into a five-pointer finished by Tonegato just on half-time.

Australia's work over the ball gave Ireland headaches all through the match and they continued to win key turnovers to snuff out Irish attacking chances.

The scoring chances dried up for much of the second half but it was Lucas again who created a chance, firing off a pinpoint perfect pass for Demi Hayes to score.

There was time for one more attacking passage and Ireland's ill-discipline gave the Aussies the final say.

Debutant Jakiya Whitfeld made the most of her first real opportunity, streaking away down the right edge to nab her first World Series try.

Australia take on the USA in their final pool match at 11:57pm AEDT.

RESULT

Australia 29

Tries: Tonegato 2, Staples, Hayes, Whitfeld

Cons: Williams 2

Ireland 0

SQUADS

Australian Women's Sevens for Cape Town Sevens

1. Shannon Parry, University of Sydney, Queensland, 27 caps

2. Sharni Williams (c), University of Canberra, ACT, 32 caps

3. Yasmin Meakes, University of Canberra, ACT, 8 caps

4. Cassandra Staples, University of Queensland, NSW, 9 caps

5. Emma Tonegato, University of Western Australia, NSW, 27 caps

6. Demi Hayes, Griffith University, Queensland, 9 caps

7.  Jakiya Whitfeld*, University of Sydney, NSW

8. Madison Ashby, University of Technology Sydney, NSW, 2 caps

9. Faith Nathan, University of Technology Sydney, NSW, 1 cap

10. Alicia Lucas, University of New England, NSW, 31 caps

11. Rhiannon Byers, University of New England, NSW, 3 caps

12. Ellia Green, University of Melbourne, Victoria, 27 caps

13. Sariah Paki, University of Technology Sydney, NSW, 8 caps

Men's Sevens for Cape Town Sevens

1. Joe Pincus (vc), Easts (Sydney), 7 caps

2. Jeral Skelton, Brothers, 15 caps 

3. Henry Hutchison, Randwick, 27 caps

4. Simon Kennewell, Randwick, 20 caps

5. Jesse Parahi, Norths (Sydney),45 caps

6. Sean McMahon, Suntory, 20 caps

7. Lewis Holland, Queanbeyan, 47 caps

8. Josh Coward, Souths (Melbourne), 6 caps

9. Josh Turner, Manly, 1 cap

10. Lachlan Miller, Randwick, 7 caps

11. Trae Williams, 1 cap

12. Rod Davies, 1 cap

13th, Matthew Hood, Sydney University, 6 caps

FIXTURES

Women's

Friday December 13

Australia 32 - England 0

Saturday December 14

Australia vs Ireland, 5:45pm AEDT

Australia vs USA, 11:57pm AEDT

Men's

Saturday December 14

Australia 21 - Ireland 26

Australia vs Kenya, 7.57pm AEDT

Sunday December 15

Australia vs Samoa, 2.09am AEDT