Aussie women face semi-final showdown with USA at New Zealand Sevens as men bow out in quarters


Australia’s women’s rugby sevens team is two wins away from a second title of the season after blitzing Great Britain in a quarter-final thrashing at the New Zealand Sevens.

Charlotte Caslick starred with two first-half tries in the 38-0 rout, adding to their 43-0 and 33-7 thrashings of France and Canada respectively in the group stages.

Maddison Levi also scored a try to take her tally to eight in just four matches for the tournament.

They will now face the USA in a semi-final showdown on Sunday morning (AEDT), with the winner to take on one of New Zealand and Ireland in the final.

Having won the Dubai Sevens before finishing runners-up to New Zealand in Cape Town last month, the Aussies are currently tied with their Trans-Tasman rivals atop the standings, as they look for back-to-back yearly titles.

Things weren’t so positive for the men, who were bundled out at the quarter-finals stage with a 28-14 loss to the USA.

Despite two tries from Dietrich Roache, the Americans responded quickly to both scores and never truly looked troubled after taking a 14-0 lead in quick time, with a wondrous try from Perry Baker sealing the victory.

After winning last year’s championship and beginning the new season with victory in Hong Kong, it has been a frustrating last two tournaments for the men’s side, losing early in Dubai and Cape Town before the latest disappointment.

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