Australia storm to Sydney Sevens women’s title

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Both teams entered the final unbeaten but there was only one team in the contest as Australia ran in five unanswered tries to the delight of their home crowd.

While Australia’s attack was relentless throughout the tournament, it was their watertight defence that was the real key to their success.


Remarkably Australia didn’t concede a try the whole tournament. It was expected that New Zealand would test Australia’s defence but the Black Ferns had no answer for Australia’s well-organised and committed defensive line.

Portia Woodman and Michaela Blyde scored tries at will throughout the tournament, but were not given any opportunities to run as Australia scrambled their defence perfectly to shut down any attacking opportunities from the Alan Bunting-coached side.

After conceding an early try, the Black Ferns Sevens battled hard in the first half before being punished on the stroke of halftime when speedster Charlotte Caslick went over in the corner following a long period of pressure.
At 10-0 down, the Black Ferns Sevens needed to strike early in the second half. But it was Australia who would take advantage when Ellia Green ran in a long range try to make it 17-0.

Two more converted tries followed to complete the 31-0 rout and send the home crowd into raptures.

For the Black Ferns Sevens, the silver medal finish was a big improvement on their fifth place finish in Dubai and will provide plenty of positives ahead of the Kitakyushu Sevens in April.

Australia lead the overall standings on 40 points with the Black Ferns Sevens, Canada and Russia equal second on 30 points.


Australia 31 (Shannon Parry, Charlotte Caslick, Evania Pelite, Ellia Green tries, Emma Sykes try, 3 con) Black Ferns Sevens 0
HT: 10-0