Australian men's and women's teams clean up at Rugby Sevens in Sydney
- Author: Joey Payne Jan 29, 2018,
Jan 29, 2018, 2:42
The home side trounced South Africa 29-0 in a dominant finale at Allianz Stadium on Sunday night, having beaten series leaders New Zealand 24-12 in the quarter-final and destroying Argentina 28-0 in the semis.
Australia are up to third on the standings with 43 points as they became the third different victor in three tournaments this season.
Shujaa got the tries from Willy Ambaka, Dan Sikuta and Eden Agero who added two conversions to see the Innocent Simiyu charges lead 19-7 at the interval. "We've still go a lot to learn and a lot to fix up but it as a good first game".
With just a few seconds left in the first half, a missed tackle, one of the seven seen in the opening half, let the Australians in to get a seven-pointer.
After a poor 2016/17 by their standards, finishing second to NZ in the World Sevens series, there has been a ruthlessness and energy about Tim Walsh's team this season, witnessed also in Dubai back in December when they won that tournament defeating the United States of America 34-0 in the final.
New Zealand now lead the standings on 41 points after reaching the cup final at the season opening Dubai Sevens before winning last month's second leg in Cape Town.
After putting their opponents to the sword in five matches leading up to the Sydney Sevens final on Sunday‚ the Blitzboks were beheaded by a rampant Australia in the final.
"We'll take into consideration that they'll have to move elsewhere and they won't be penalised in this current tender contract unless they move it somewhere really unusual".
Shannon Parry opened the scoring when Australia's defense forced a turnover five meters from the New Zealand line.
England's wings showed how they are some of the best finishers on the circuit as both Lydia Thompson and Jess Breach scored hat-tricks against Papua New Guinea. "We have worked really hard since Dubai".
"We hoped it would come here".
Canada beat Russian Federation 19-5 to top Pool C after beating Fiji 24-12 and Ireland 24-12.
Fiji plays the United States, South Africa faces Kenya, Argentina takes on England and Australia meets New Zealand in Sunday's quarterfinals.