Australian Sevens teams have enjoyed a clean sweep on the first day of the HSBC Sydney 7s tournament.
The Women’s team took two wins from two matches, beating Brazil and Spain comfortably in the team’s first action of the tournament, to sit atop their Pool with one match to Play – while the Men scored a narrow victory against Great Britain in their only Pool match for the day.
The Aussie Women were scintillating in their second Pool match, beating the Spanish side 46-0 in heavy rain.
In an eight tries to none performance, speedsters Maddison Levi and Faith Nathan thrilled the home fans – Levi crossing four times and Nathan twice.
Earlier, the reigning HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Champions started their first match against Brazil perfectly, with Bienne Terita scoring inside the first 30 seconds.
Madison Ashby and Teagan Levi followed suit with tries of their own, while Terita crossed for her second to secure a 28-12 victory.
“We adapted really well [to the conditions] and played the way we wanted to play,” said Maddison Levi after the win against Spain.
“Ireland are a team that likes to fight no matter how far into the game you are – so I think we’ve just got to come out tomorrow with the same attitude we finished that game with and keep building game-by-game.”
Dietrich Roache and Henry Paterson scored the Aussie Men’s two tries in their win over Great Britain, while Maurice Longbottom worked tirelessly in defence with multiple efforts throughout the match.
“We defended really well, but we need to stop turning the ball over and giving away opportunities,” said John Manenti, Head Coach of the Men’s team.
“We had three clear scoring opportunities and should have iced the game at half-time.
“The boys know that, and I know they’ll be feeling emotional about playing here. It’s good to get the first game out of their system and look towards tomorrow.”
Action on Day Two of the HSBC Sydney 7s kicks off at 9:00am (AEDT) on Saturday.
The Aussie Men will play their remaining Pool matches against Canada at 11:12am (AEDT) and Argentina at 5:17pm (AEDT).
The Aussie Women will conclude their Pool play against Ireland at 1:56pm (AEDT), before the knockout stages begin at 5:54pm (AEDT).
Tickets are still available for the HSBC Sydney 7s tournament here or at the ground, and matches will be broadcast live on beIN Sports, available via Foxtel, Kayo and beIN SPORTS CONNECT.