Australia’s Women’s Rugby Sevens team defeats Ireland to secure spot at 2024 Paris Olympics
A thrilling match
The Women’s Australian Rugby Sevens team secured a crucial win over Ireland in the Hong Kong Sevens, earning them a spot at the 2024 Paris Olympics. The match was closely contested, with Faith Nathan scoring an early try for Australia before Ireland’s Kathy Baker responded with a try of her own. The first half saw Australia leading with tries from Madison Levi and Charlotte Caslick, but Ireland made a comeback in the second half with a try from Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe. The Irish had the chance to claim a draw but Australia’s scrum secured the ball for a win.
Australia dominates first match
Australia’s bid to become the first winners of the Women’s Hong Kong Sevens started with a bang, with the team scoring seven tries and defeating Brazil 43-5. Sariah Paki, Madison Ashby, Maddison Levi, Charlotte Caslick, and Teagan Levi made tries, with Levi adding three conversions and Dominique du Toit another.
Challenging second match against Ireland
The second match was a tougher challenge for the Australian team as they faced Ireland. An early try from Faith Nathan was answered by a try from Ireland’s Kathy Baker. Australia’s Maddison Levi and Charlotte Caslick made additional tries before the half, placing them in a 19-7 lead at halftime. The Irish made a comeback attempt in the second half, but Australia held them off and won with a final score of 19-12.
Scrums are a contest for the ball
Ireland had a chance to claim a draw when they had a scrum inside Australia’s 22. However, Australia saw the scrum as a contest for the ball, and they won it. A powerful drive from Australia’s front-row pushed back their Irish opponents. Caslick then won a penalty, setting up a victory for Australia and a place in the Paris Olympics.
Australia’s Women’s team faces Fiji in their final pool stage encounter. Meanwhile, the men’s team claimed a win against Japan in their opening game with a score of 26-5.
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