Perth SVNS Day One Recap: Mixed results for Australia to start home event

Fri, Jan 26, 2024, 12:25 PM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson

The SVNS World Series heads to Perth for the first time ever as 12 men's and women's teams converge on HBF Park.

It will be the first time to event is hosted in the west after his successful return in Sydney last year.

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The Women's side enter as the favourites, opening with a 31-0 win over South Africa before going down to Great Britain 19-14

The Men were defeated in extra time by the USA 19-14, rebounding with a 26-14 win over Great Britain

Follow all the action in the live blog below or watch it live on Stan Sport

9:13 - Australia 26 v Great Britain 14

Australia have finished day one on a high, defeating Great Britain 26-14.

GB took an early 14-0 lead before the Australians mounted their comeback before half-time.

They scored four unanswered tries, with Nathan Lawson sealing the win.

8:50 - USA 26 v Ireland 7

The USA have continued to dominate in Perth with a 26-7 win over Ireland.

Kevon Williams got them off to a flyer as they took a 21-0 lead into the break.

From here, they controlled the game, locking up top position in the pool

8:25 - Australia 12 v Great Britain 19

Great Britain has handed Australia its first loss on the World Series with a 19-12 win.

Australia spent the majority of the game down a player after Teagan Levi was red carded.

They managed to level the scores, only for Jasmine Joyce to score the winner

8:05 - Canada 26 v South Africa 7

Canada have bounced back with a 26-7 win over South Africa.

Krissy Scurfield crossed for a double as they eventually got the best of a spirited South African side.

Asia Hogan-Rochester scored late to seal the win

7:35 - Fiji 26 v France 21

Fiji have produced the dagger to defeat France 26-21 in extra time.

Ponepati Loganimasi scored a double as they recovered from a slow start to tie the game late.

Terio Tamani proved the hero, racing away to the delight of the crowd

7:08 - New Zealand 17 v Samoa 12

New Zealand have held tough for a 17-12 win in extra time over Samoa.

New Zealand got the better of the Samoans early and built a 12-0 lead, only for two late tries to send it into extra time. It took deep into extra time before Regan Ware sprinted away and dived over the line

6:45 - Argentina 29 v Canada 5

Argentina have emerged as one of the teams to beat with a 29-5 win over Canada

Marcos Moneta continued his hot start to open the scoring as they repelled early Canadian attacks to take a 19-5 lead into the break.

Santiago Alvarez iced the game just over a minute into the second half as they took out the victory comfortably

6:22 - South Africa 21 v Spain 14

South Africa have survived a major scare to defeat Spain 21-14.

Spain struck first but three consecutive tries to the Blitzboks set up the victory.

The Spanish struck late but the South African defence held strong to come away with the win

5:55 - New Zealand 21 v Ireland 14

New Zealand have hung on for a 21-14 win over Ireland.

Jorja Miller was the key, scoring either side of the break to give them a comfortable lead.

The Irish struck late but the result was all but wrapped up as the Kiwis secured the victory

5:30 - USA 33 v Japan 5

Kristie Kirshe has powered the USA to victory with four tries in their 33-5 win over Japan.

Kirshe had a hat-trick at half-time as the flyer and Ilona Maher tore apart Japan.

Her fourth after the break sealed the win, rebounding after their shock opening defeat

5:10 - France 31 v Brazil 14

France will finish day one unbeaten after a 31-14 win over Brazil.

Joanna Grisez crossed for a double in the first half as they took a 12-0 lead.

Whilst Thaila Costa's double kept Brazil in the game, France were too strong and finished off the win with a try to Marie Dupouy

4:47 - Fiji 31 v Spain 0

Fiji maintain their perfect start to Perth with a 31-0 win over Spain.

They never looked troubled as Reapi Ulunisau for a 7-0 lead at the break.

From here, they scored at will to cruise away with the win.

4:15 - Australia 14 v USA 19

USA has defeated Australia 19-14 in extra-time.

The Aussies had taken a 14-0 lead after a scoreless half, only for a double to Perry Baker sending the game into overtime.

Malacchi Esdale proved the hero, crossing to silence the home crowd

3:50 - Great Britain 12 v Ireland 17

Ireland have produced a gutsy 17-12 win over Great Britain.

The Irish took a five point lead into the break after Terry Kennedy scored late in the half.

Kennedy turned provider to put Jordan Conroy over for the game-winner.

3:25 - Australia 31 v South Africa 0

Australia has sent a message with a 31-0 win over South Africa

Bienne Terita scored a double as they dominated the South Africans for the victory.

Debutant Heidi Dennis sealed the win late with a try on debut

3:00 - Canada 12 v Great Britain 14

Great Britain has scored late to defeat Canada 14-12.

Canada got on the board first but the pace of Jasmine Joyce was too much to handle as Great Britain took a two point lead into the break.

The Canadians eventually struck when GB was down to six, allowing Krissy Scurfield to race away and score. However, Ellie Boatman scored with seconds remaining to give Great Britain the win.

2:38 - Fiji 14 v Samoa 7

Fiji have held on for a 14-7 win over Samoa.

After a wild first half, Fiji opened the scoring through Viwa Naduvalo, with Samoa levelling it up via Vaovasa Afa Sua. Terito Tamani broke the deadlock with two minutes to go for Fiji as they survived one last attack from the Samoans.

2:16 - New Zealand 17 v France 33

France have dominated New Zealand 33-17 to make a major statement in Perth.

Theo Forner got a double for France after a sloppy start for the Kiwis, allowing the French to take a 19-5 lead at the break.

Forner’s third extended the lead out of reach despite two late tries to NZ.

1:52 - New Zealand 29 v Japan 5

New Zealand have recovered from a slow start to defeat Japan 29-5.

Jazim Felix-Hothan opened the scoring for the Kiwis but Japan proved they weren’t going to be easy beats as they answered straight away to reduce the margin to two at the break.

This woke the Black Ferns up and came out firing with two tries to kick off the second half, with Jorja Miller sealing the win with three minutes to go.

1:32 - USA 14 v Ireland 19

Ireland have produced the first upset of the day with a 19-14 win over the USA.

Kristi Kirshe got the USA off to a flyer, only for Ireland to hit back straight away thanks to a double to Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe. The Americans levelled it up with three minutes to go, however Ireland had an answer through Megan Burns to re-take the lead, holding on for the win

1:06 - Argentina 28 v Spain 5

Argentina have run away with a 28-5 win over Spain.

Argentina were forced to work for the opening try but Marcos Moneta once again was the man to step up as he has been over the past 12 months.

This opened the floodgates as they scored twice to finish the half.

Spain got onto the board in the second half but it was all Argentina as they closed out the game.

12:44 - South Africa 24 v Canada 7

South Africa have overcame a competitive Canada to record a 24-7 win

Selvyn Davids opened the scoring for South Africa but Josiah Morra was quick to answer to gave Canada the lead. The Blitzboks re-gained the lead just before the break, kicking clear thanks to Davids’ second.

12:22 - France 26 v Spain 5

France have produced a convincing 26-5 win over Spain to open their Perth account. Lou Noel set the tempo early with a blistering run as they scored twice in three minutes to give France a 21-0 lead at the break. Spain hit back to keep it close but a try to Anne-Cécile Ciofani sealed the game late

12:00 - Fiji 40 v Brazil 15

Fiji have kicked off the day with a 40-15 win over Brazil

Adi Vani Buleki opened the scoring for the Fijians as they raced out to a 19-0 lead after five minutes.

Reapi Ulunisau and Ana Maria Naisami scored right before the break to blow the lead out to 33-0 at the break.

It was all Brazil in the second half as the return of Raquel Kochhann boosted the side in her first game since overcoming breast cancer. They scored three second-half tries but ran out of time to close down the Fijians 

11:30 - Fixtures for the opening games

The action will kick off today with the women's competition as Fiji takes on Brazil at 12:00 pm local time.

For those looking for the Australians, the women will kick off later in the day at 3:28 pm followed by the men (4:14 pm).

Here are the fixtures for the opening slot of pool games:

Women’s Pool B

Fiji v Brazil - 12:00 pm (3:00 pm AEDT)

France v Spain - 12:22 pm (3:22 pm)

Men's Pool A

South Africa v Canada - 12:44 pm (3:44 pm)

Argentina v Spain - 1:06 pm (4:06 pm)

Women's Pool C

USA v Ireland - 1:32 pm (4:32 pm)

New Zealand v Japan - 1:54 pm (4:54 pm)

Men's Pool C

New Zealand v France - 2:16 pm (5:16 pm)

Fiji v Samoa - 2:38 pm (5:38 pm)

Women's Pool A

Canada v Great Britain - 3:05 pm (6:05 pm)

Australia v South Africa - 3:28 pm (6:28 pm)

Men's Pool B

Ireland v Great Britain - 3:51 pm (6:51 pm)

Australia v USA - 4:14 pm (7:14 pm)


We are back once again as the new look SVNS Series heads to Perth for the first event of the year.

Perth has turned on a wonderful day to kick off the long weekend of action at HBF Park, with warm but dry conditions expected throughout the week.

Home fans will have to wait to see their all-conquering Australian sides, not set to take the park until later in the afternoon.

However, there are plenty of games to excite beforehand, with Fiji v Samoa the pick of the men's games in the earlier slot at 2:38 pm whilst expect USA v Ireland (1:32 pm) to go right down to the wire.

For all the fixture details and news, click here

Australia Women’s Sevens team for Perth SVNS: 

2. Sharni Smale

3. Faith Nathan

4. Dominique Du Toit

5. Teagan Levi

6. Madison Ashby

7. Charlotte Caslick (c)

8. Kaitlin Shave

10. Bella Nasser

12. Maddison Levi

13. Heidi Dennis*

22. Bienne Terita

55. Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea

65. Sariah Paki

Australia Men’s Sevens team for Perth SVNS

1. Henry Hutchison

2. Ben Dowling

3. Henry Palmer

4. Dietrich Roache

5. Tim Clements

7. Josh Turner

9. Matt Gonzalez

10. Nick Malouf (c)

11. Maurice Longbottom

12. Nathan Lawson

14. James Turner

23. Darby Lancaster

25. Hayden Sargeant

*Denotes potential debut.

Australian Sevens Perth 2024 Schedule

*All times AWST (AEDT)


Friday, January 26

Australia v USA - 4:14 pm (7:14 pm)

Australia v Great Britain - 9:13 pm (12:13 am Saturday)

Saturday, January 27

Australia v Ireland - 2:11 pm (5:11 pm)


Friday, January 26

Australia v South Africa - 3:28 pm (6:28 pm)

Australia v Great Britain - 8:27 pm (11:27 pm)

Saturday, January 27

Australia v Canada - 11:54 am (2:54 pm)

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