Sydney 7s rocks off and on the field

Sydney 7s rocks off and on the field

Sydney 7s rocks off and on the field

Australia, who beat New Zealand in the quarterfinals and Argentina in the semifinals, outscored South Africa five tries to none, and led 14-0 at the break after Lewis Holland and James Stannard scored in the final minute of the first half.

Olympic champions Australia were emphatic winners of Pool A, beating Spain 29-0, Papua New Guinea 50-0 and France 43-0.

They also beat a very strong New Zealand team in the quarter finals 24-12 as they remained undefeated over the two days.

Australia is chasing its first World Series title since 2012, having finished fourth and second in the last two Sydney campaigns. Russian Federation had previously beaten Ireland 19-7 and Fiji 19-12 to make their clash with Canada the pool decider.

Stormers flank Sikhumbuzo Notshe replaced Nel for the final two matches‚ becoming the latest Springbok Sevens debutant.

Kenya's rubgy team Shujaa have suffered an exit at the third round of the HSBC Sevens World Series, the Sydney Sevens at the hands of Fiji with just 10 points.

"We like to see combined tournaments", the World Rugby chief executive said.

Australia's rugged defense, the feature of its performance throughout the tournament, set the tone for the final.

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Australia's women have broken a run of five losses to New Zealand, powering to a 31-0 victory in the final of the Sydney Sevens.

"New Zealand, current world champions and on fire", Australian coach Tim Walsh said.

The hosts then held firm in defence and rammed home the advantage on halftime when Charlotte Caslick darted from the ruck for her eighth try of the tournament.

Australia got on the board first after early defensive pressure pinned the Kiwis in their own 22 and yielded a turnover.

With all the momentum, Ellia Green, Vani Pelite and Emma Sykes would cross for further tries in the second half as Australia wrapped up a dominant 31-0 win.

This was the first tournament for Jess Breach since she switched into the sevens programme full-time and she has continued her incredible try-scoring exploits from both the Red Roses and in the Tyrrells Premier 15s.

"It's a great way to start 2018 and we're looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and then the World Cup in San Francisco".

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