They beat Fijiana 22-12 in the gold medal match
Australia women win Commonwealth Games sevens
It was unrelenting pressure from the team in gold, with the Commonwealth Games Sevens gold medal up for grabs. Australia women never let up as they beat Fijiana 22-12 in the final, in Coventry.
They have gone one better than the 2018 Games, when they lost the final to the Black Ferns in heart-breaking fashion in overtime. This time they finished off a final and take home the big prize.
To start the game, Faith Nathan scored a double quick enough to blur your vision. The first was set up by two pummelling charges from Sariah Paki that took Australia mightily close to the line, before the ball was eventually worked wide left to Nathan.
The second was born from Fijian sloppiness, stemming from their own lineout and ending with a touchdown behind their own line. From that scrum, the ball was posted once again to the lethal Nathan.
In the first half there was breakdown battling from the Aussies and Maddison Levi always demanded attention from defenders. She enjoyed a marauding run down the right side to set up try three, too. Once the ball was spun the other way to Sharni Williams, the veteran looked around, cut a switch with Nathan, who duly fed Maddy Ashby for the the run-in to score.
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Levi made it 22-0 soon enough. So you can understand why veteran Ana Naimasi felt it was time to stem the tide and scored one for Fiji the other way – converting herself.
Dominique du Toit and Teagan Levi got stuck in defensively to help see things out, and it was left until two-plus minutes into overtime for Fiji to score again, through Sesenieli Donu, but it no longer mattered by then. Australia got the job done.
Commonwealth Games Women’s Sevens Results
Pool A: England 57-0 Sri Lanka, New Zealand 45-7 Canada, New Zealand 60-0 Sri Lanka, Canada 26-19 England, Canada 74-0 Sri Lanka, New Zealand 38-7 England
Pool B: Australia 38-0 South Africa, Fiji 33-12 Scotland, Fiji 41-0 South Africa, Australia 50-0 Scotland, Scotland 33-12 South Africa, Australia 12-19 Fiji
5-8 Semi-finals England 36-0 South Africa, Scotland 58-0 Sri Lanka
Semi-finals: New Zealand 12-17 Australia, Fiji 24-7 Canada
7th-place play-off South Africa 52-0 Sri Lanka
5th-place play-off England 29-5 Scotland
Bronze medal match New Zealand 19-12 Canada
Gold medal match Australia 22-12 Fiji
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