RECAP: Women go down in Final, Men finish seventh in LA

Mon, Mar 4, 2024, 2:02 AM
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Dietrich Roache and James Turner combine against the USA in Game 2 of SVNS Los Angeles

The Australian Sevens sides head to Los Angeles eager to bounce back after a tough week in Vancouver.

The Women's side still sits top of the World Series table despite a fourth-place finish last week.

Watch every round of the HSBC SVNS Series exclusive, ad-free and live on Stan Sport. 

They opened their campaign with a clean sweep of Ireland, Japan and France to finish the group stages, facing New Zealand in the Final (12:43).

As for the Men, they have been knocked out of the quarter-final after going down to Great Britain.

They will play the USA in the seventh place Final (10:14 am) after defeating them in the group stages.

Follow a recap of all the action, game by game below:

Australia Women 31 v Ireland Women 0

Australia got some revenge for their Perth Final defeat with a 31-0 win over Ireland.

The Aussies were patient in their build-up and produced a great switch play for Maddison Levi to score the opener.

The Irish defence made the Australians work for it but Levi was once again there to extend the lead before Bella Nasser showed enough pace to race away for a 19-0 advantage at the break.

Faith Nathan sealed the win as she raced away thanks to a lovely ball from Dom du Toit, with Levi completing the hat-trick on the siren.

Teagan Levi will return tomorrow from her suspension whilst captain Charlotte Caslick spent the game on the sidelines with a jam-packed schedule coming in the next two days.

Australia Men 24 v New Zealand Men 17

Australia have made an emphatic statement with the 24-17 win over Vancouver runners-up New Zealand.

The Aussies capitalised on a yellow card to Sam Dickson for a trip, allowing Nathan Lawson over for the opener.

Captain Nick Malouf followed Lawson over as they took advantage of the numbers.

Andrew Knewstubb answers for the Kiwis straight from the kickoff, only for James Turner to restore the lead.

Cody Vai got NZ back in the contest but the Aussies were constantly there with the answer as Dietrich Roache dived over to seal the game.

Australia Men 17 v USA Men 12

Australia have defeated hosts USA 17-12 in extra time.

The Americans pressed the Australians' line early and it took some great defence from Henry Paterson to stop a certain try.

Perry Baker eventually got the opening try to the delight of the home fans, only for James Turner to hit back for the Aussies.

John Manenti’s side fought in defence but couldn’t hold out Malacchi Esdale as they continued to press their line.

As time expired, Josh Turner sparked the side to race over the line, with Dietrich Roache sending the game into extra-time.

Henry Palmer proved the hero, finishing off in the corner for a great victory deep into extra-time.

Australia Women 46 v Japan Women 0

Australia have produced a dominant 46-0 win over Japan.

It was a wild opening minute as Teagan Levi scrambled to make the try-saving tackle, allowing sister Maddison to run away for the first try of the match.

Charlotte Caslick started her tournament with a classy try as she kicked and regathered, followed by setting up Levi for her second.

Madison Ashby crossed for a 22-5 lead at the break, with Caslick’s second just after the break sealing the result.

Tia Hinds and Faith Nathan scored late tries as they cruised to victory, capped off by Levi’s third.

Australia Men 28 v Samoa Men 19

Australia have topped their pool with a 28-19 win over Samoa.

Samoa went down to six after James Turner capitalised eventually, racing away for the opener after he should’ve crossed in the corner a minute earlier.

Matt Gonzalez extended the advantage before Henry Palmer recovered from an ankle tap to gave Australia a 21-0 lead at half-time.

Palmer’s second put the game out of reach and whilst Samoa charged late with a trio of tries, the game was already wrapped up.

Australia Women 17 v France Women 14

Australia have hung on for a 17-14 win over France.

Sharni Smale raced way for the opener and just had enough pace to dive over the line after winning the turnover.

Teagan Levi then caught the French lacking down the short side for their second.

France hit back to reduce the margin to five at the break, with the Aussies hitting straight back via Faith Nathan.

Joanna Grisez gave France hope late and they had a chance late to win it, only for Maddi Levi to come up with the try-saving tackle to bundle the French attacker into touch

Australia Men 19 v Great Britain Men 26

Australia has been knocked out of the LA quarters with a 26-19 defeat to Great Britain.

Nathan Lawson started the quarter-final perfectly as he capitalised off a Ben Dowling offload for the opener.

GB levelled the scores shortly afterwards, with Tom Emery crossing after the first half whistle to take the lead at the break.

Morgan Williams extended the lead after the break, before Australia launched a comeback.

Henry Palmer and Nick Malouf crossed to level the scores, only for  Femi Sofolarin to score three minutes after the siren to steal the win for Great Britain.

Australia Women 26 v Brazil Women 5

Australia are into the semis with a 26-5 win over Brazil.

Brazil came out firing, scoring the opening try through Raquel Kochhann.

However, this woke the Australians up as Maddison Levi worked her magic, scoring twice in the first half.

Shrugging off a knock to the shoulder, Levi completed the hat-trick of hat-tricks before Charlotte Caslick sealed the win

Australia Women 26 v USA Women 19

Australia are into the LA Final with a 26-19 win over the hosts.

Maddison Levi scored an early double as they looked to race away with the game.

However, the USA were buoyed on by their supporters and Alev Kelter’s try with a minute to go levelled it up.

The Aussies dug deep to get the turnover after losing the kickoff, with Faith Nathan the hero as she scored after the siren for the win

They will play NZ after they easily accounted for Canada

Australia Men 24 v USA 12

Australia finish seventh after a 24-12 win over the USA.

James Turner starred as he got the opening try, followed over by Matt Gonzalez.

The two combined for Turner's second for a 19-7 lead at the break.

The Americans continued to press but Turner's third sealed the win and seventh

Australia Women 14 v New Zealand Women 29

New Zealand have taken out the LA Final with a 29-14 win over Australia.

Superstar Michaela Blyde set the tempo early with the opening try, with Charlotte Caslick hitting back for the Aussies.

However, the Kiwis would score three straight tries to run away with the Final.

Maddi Levi gave the Aussies hope late after being yellow carded in the first half, only for Blyde's third to seal the win

Australia Women’s Sevens team for LA SVNS: 

1. Lily Dick

2. Sharni Smale

3. Faith Nathan

4. Dominique Du Toit

5. Teagan Levi

6. Madison Ashby

7. Charlotte Caslick (c)

8. Kaitlin Shave

9. Tia Hinds

10. Bella Nasser

12. Maddison Levi

44. Sidney Taylor

65. Sariah Paki

Australia Men’s Sevens team for LA SVNS

1. Henry Hutchison

2. Ben Dowling

3. Henry Palmer

4. Dietrich Roache

5. Tim Clements

6. Henry Paterson

7. Josh Turner

9. Matt Gonzalez

10. Nick Malouf (c)

12. Nathan Lawson

14. James Turner

25. Hayden Sargeant

87. Michael Icely

Australian Sevens LA 2024 Schedule

*All times AEDT

Women

Saturday, March 2

Australia 31 def Ireland 0 - 11:30 am

Sunday, March 3

Australia 46 def Japan 0 - 6:42 am

Australia 17 def France 14 - 11:40 am

Monday, March 4

Australia 26 def Brazil 5 - 6:20 am - QUARTER FINAL

Australia v USA - 8:46 am - SEMI FINAL

Men

Saturday, March 2

Australia 24 def New Zealand 17 - 3:22 pm

Sunday, March 3

Australia 17 def USA 12 - 6:20 am

Australia 28 def Samoa 19 - 10:28 am

Australia 19 def by Great Britain 26 - 3:32 pm - QUARTER FINAL

Monday, March 4

Australia v USA - 10:14 am - SEVENTH PLACE FINAL

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