The last time Oceania neighbours Australia and New Zealand met the Blackfern’s took the gold with a 12-5 win in a rain-soaked Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship back in November 2017. Today’s meeting could not have been any more different with the sun shining down on warm Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
The Aussies went into the Gold Medal match in stellar form having not been scored against all weekend, though they hadn’t beaten the Kiwis in their last 6 outings.The Australian’s were denied an early try being held up on the try line before quickly regathering to allow Shannon Parry to go over to score the first points. Australia went into half time up 10-0 thanks to a try on half time by Charlotte Caslick.
(Photo: Matt King)
After half time the pressure on the Blackfern’s was increased when Australia score 2 quick tries from Green and Pelite. Brilliant defence from the Aussies kept the Blackfern’s at by and away from the try line. The game looked all over until Emma Tonegato made a late pass to Emma Sykes who went over then converted to make the final score 31 – 0.
“We know of the back of good defence we’re going to win tournaments”, said Shannon Parry adding, “it’s a great way to start 2017/2018 (2 series wins) and we are looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and then the World Cup in San Francisco”.
Ellia Green breaks a tackle in the Sydney 7s Gold Medal Match (Photo: Matt King)
Australia finished the weekend having scored 213 points and conceded 0, a first for the HSBC Series, and have put all teams on notice that they are looking to add a Commonwealth Gold Medal to the trophy Cabinets.
Sydney 7s Final Placings:
Gold - Australia
Silver – New Zealand
Bronze - Canada
4 - Russia
5 - France
6 - Spain
7 - Ireland
8 - USA
9 - England
10 - Fiji
11 - Japan
12 – Papua New Guinea
Player of the final - Charlotte Caslick
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