Aussie women’s sevens reach Spain semis, set record win streak

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Australia’s women have remained on course for a third world rugby sevens series title in a row with a record-setting 15th consecutive victory sealing a semi-final berth in Spain.

The tournament favourites cruised past Canada 33-10 in the quarter-finals to seal a last-four showdown with Russia.

Maddison Levi stepped off the bench to score two tries after Madison Ashby, Charlotte Caslick and Tia Hinds crossed, in a controlled and clinical performance.

Earlier on day two, the Australians trumped Spain 20-0 to ensure top spot in Pool A.

Series leaders Australia won both Dubai events at the end of last year.

In the other semi-final, France and USA face off after, like Australia, they enjoyed perfect records so far in the inaugural event in Malaga.

In the men’s competition, Australia overcame their indifferent form in the round-robin stage — which culminated in a 10-5 defeat to Ireland — to defeat the United States 26-7 in the quarter-finals.

Having advanced to the last eight despite winning just one of their pool matches, which included a shock draw with invitees Germany, the Australians proved too good for the US in the second half.

Level at the break after Corey Toole’s early try was cancelled out by a Perry Baker effort, the Aussies took control when great footwork from Josh Turner bamboozled the Eagles defence on his way to score while Dietrich Roache and Maurice Longbottom also crossed.

Australia will face the stiffest of challenges for a place in the final when they tackle South Africa — who have won 27 matches in a row dating back to last year.

The South Africans have won the past four events and sealed a place in the semi-finals by accounting for Canada 14-0.

Argentina and England will meet in the other semi-final clash.


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