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Aussie Women's Sevens claim Bronze in Malaga

Sun, 23/01/2022, 5:30 pm
Members of the Australian Sevens visited the Australian Pavilion at Dubai Expo while at the Sevens World Series

The Australian Women's Sevens team have taken third place in Malaga, defeating France 33-7 in the Bronze Final during the early hours on Monday morning (AEDT).

In an improved performance for the Aussie Women, a double to Faith Nathan set the pace of the match, while recent debutant Maddison Levi crossed for her seventh try of the Tournament.

The Aussie Women's reign as World Series Champions was ended by Russia during the Cup Semi Final with the Aussies failing to overcome the visitors and going down by three points.

Shortly after, the Aussie Men's program came agonisingly close to a medal finish, falling to England by four points in their Bronze Final.

The Men scored four tries, with Hutchison, Longbottom and Toole (2) finding holes in the English defence. However, conversions proved to be the point of difference for both sides, with England just edging out the favourites.

Both Australian teams will now relocate to Seville, ahead of Spains second leg of the World Series next weekend.

Australian Women's Sevens Head Coach, Tim Walsh said: "We play a game where single errors can cost you matches, and several errors cost you tournaments.

"We won five out six matches and showed great character to convincingly beat France to finish on the podium. In my three weeks with the program, I have observed and audited some key performance indicators unique to the team, and we will address these as the weeks go on.

"I am privileged to be leading such a talented and diverse group of women and look forward to unlocking their potential. I thought Maddison Levi had an outstanding tournament, as did the omnipresent ball players Charlotte Caslick and Maddison Ashby," Walsh said.

Game by Game: Australian Sevens Pool Fixtures – Malaga, Spain

Friday 21 January

Australian Women 40 defeated Belgium 5

The Aussie Women's Sevens have opened their Malaga campaign in style with a convincing 35 point victory over Belgium. Dominique Du Toit crossed for the opening two tries for the Australian's before Charlotte Caslick extended the lead at halftime.

Demi Hayes crossed for her first try of the year, coming out of the blocks during the second half. Hayes was shortly followed by Maddison Levi and then Tia Hinds on the stroke of full time. The Aussie Women's Sevens will next face Ireland on Saturday morning.

Australian Men 12 drew with Germany 12

The Australian Men's Sevens have drawn with Germany 12-12 in their opening match of the Malaga Leg of the Spain World Series. Both teams were scoreless at halftime however, debutant Nathan Lawson opened the scorecard early in the second half before Germany struck back.

Eager to extend the lead, Lawson crossed again for his second try in the dying moments of the match. However, Germany would have the final say, drawing with the Aussies for their first match together since 2008.

Saturday 22 January

Australian Men 42 defeated Japan 0

The Aussie Men's 7s have sprung back during their second Pool B match to claim a convincing 42 point win over Japan. Australia scored six tries, with Corey Toole crossing for a double in the first half, followed by Josh Turner and Dietrich Roache to give the side a 28-0 lead at halftime.

Maurice Longbottom made his long-awaited return to the scorecard moments into the second half, followed by Nathan Lawson cross for the final try, adding to Australia's convincing victory.

Australian Women 17 defeated Ireland 12

The Women's team continued their unbeaten run against Ireland, defeating the side 17 v 12 in a narrow victory in Malaga. While Ireland struck first, Madison Ashby would quickly retaliate for the Australian's, levelling the scores at halftime.

Quick out of the blocks, Ireland crossed again. However true to form, Ashby found the line again before a barnstorming run from Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea secured the win for the Aussie girls 17 - 12.

Australian Women 20 defeated Spain 0

The Aussie Women were able to extend their unbeaten run in their final game of the pool rounds against Spain. Maddison Levi dominated in the first half, using her speed and strength to score two quick tries. Charlotte Caslick finished the first half with a try of her own following an offload from teammate Lily Dick.

It was all defence in the second half, with Spain having a resurgence looking dangerous with ball in hand. However, Australia was able to hold out, with Demi Hayes scoring the only try of the half in the final minutes finishing the match 20-0 and again topping Pool A.

The Aussie Women will next face Canada at 1:59am AEDT.

Australian Men 5 defeated by Ireland 10

The Irish struck first in the match, with Australia unable to penetrate the sides defences before a barnstorming run from Chris Kuridrani placed Maurice Longbottom in an opportune scoring position to level the score at halftime.

As a tough back and forth ensued in the second half, it would prove to be Irelands night, crossing on the stroke of full time to break the deadlock and secure pole position in Pool B. The Aussies will face the first ranked team in Pool C at 5:35am AEDT in the Cup Quarter Final.

Sunday 23 January

Cup Quarter Final - Australian Women 33 defeated Canada 10

Australia has continued its undefeated 2021-22 SWS Campaign, defeating Canada 28-5 and securing its place in the cup semi-final against Russia on Sunday night (9:06pm AEDT).

Maddison Ashby opened the scoring for Australia before Charlotte Caslick successfully crossed the line to make light work of the Canadian defence. Tia Hinds was next to cross for the gold, giving her country a 21-0 lead at halftime.

Canada opened the scoring in the second half. However, Maddison Levi would soon come onto the pitch and make a decisive run to extend Australia's lead before crossing again on the stroke of full time to claim a record-breaking 15th straight undefeated match.

Cup Quarter Final - Australian Men 26 defeated v USA 7

The Aussie men's program will again join their female counterparts in the Cup Semi Finals after a convincing 26-7 point victory over the USA overnight in Spain.

Corey Toole was first to catch the USA side napping and broke the score deadlock midway into the first half before the USA struck back to level the scores at half time.

However, the Aussie would come out firing with footwork from Josh Turner outmaneuvering the United States before Dietrich Roache, and Maurice Longbottom found the chalk to bombard the USA defence and secure the Australian's place in the Semi Final.

Cup Semi Final - Australian Women 26 defeated by Russia 29

The Russian team struck first in the match before Australia quickly retaliated, with Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea charging the field's length to bring the scores level. Russia again found the sticks to extend their lead. However, captain Demi Hayes was next to cross before the visitors again found a hole in Australia's defence to lead 19-14 at halftime.

Russia again came out of the blocks firing to draw first blood before Maddison Levi exploited the Russian defence to cross for her first try of the match. Australia continued to attack the Russian defence, with Madison Ashby crossing the line; however, it wasn't enough for the Australian's with the side falling by three points.

The Aussie Women will now face France in the Bronze final at 3:37am AEDT.

Monday 24 January

Cup Semi Final - Australian Men 0 defeated by South Africa 19

The Australian Men's Sevens have fallen to reigning World Champions South Africa during their Cup Semi Final in Malaga.

Australia could not break the South African defensive all match, with the reigning champions unfailing in their defensive efforts, having only conceded one try all tournament. While a yellow card in the first half saw the South Africans lead 12-0 at halftime.

The second half was nearly identical to the first, with the Aussies unable to find a weakness in the South Africa Armour and ultimately conceding a further try to ensure the reigning champs proceed to the final.

Australia will now face England in the men's bronze final at 3:59am AEDT

Bronze Final - Australian Women 33 defeated France 7

Faith Nathan was first to cross, setting the standard for the Australians early on. As a tough back and forth ensued, it would be Maddison Levi who would cross next in her seventh try of the tournament before France would enter the game, leaving the score at 14-7 at halftime.

Nathan again opened the scoring in the second half as the Aussies continued to steam ahead, with follow up tries to Dom Du Toit and Lily Dick, further minimising the French's opportunity to claw back the score and securing the Bronze for Australia.

Bronze Final - Australian Men 20 defeated by England 24

The Australian men have gone down in their final match in Malaga, falling to England by four points in the Bronze Final.

Both teams scored four tries apiece however it would prove to be conversions that would make all the difference. Henry Hutchinson opened the scoring for Australia early on in the match following a barnstorming run from Maurice Longbottom before two yellow cards saw Australia capitalise on a two man overlap allowing Longbottom to take a try of his own in the first half.

As England began to pepper The Australian defence, it would be the Corey Toole show in the second half, with the recent debutant crossing for two tries of his own, most notable one during injury time, however it was to little to late for the Aussies, with England's our of range come full time.

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