Olympic champions make it through to rugby sevens finals
Olympic champions Australia advanced to the semifinals of the women’s rugby sevens, albeit with a less-than-convincing 17-10 win over Fiji, to top Pool B ahead of England.
Charlotte Caslick, 23, scored two of the Australia’s three tries but Fiji showed great spirit to level the score twice thanks to two brilliant tries from 22-year-old Miriama Naiobasali. With Fiji down to six players, Caslick’s second try, with 35 seconds on the clock, sealed the game.
"It was a bit slippery out there, but no excuses really," Caslick said referring to why Australia didn't play as expected.
"We should have fixed our passes earlier. We need to pick up our communication as tomorrow night the noise (from the crowd) will be even louder."
Earlier, England sealed second place in Pool B with a 45-0 win over Wales to confirm a semifinal against Pool A winners New Zealand.
Australia will now play Pool A runners-up Canada in the first semifinal on Sunday, a replay of the Rio 2016 Olympics semifinal which Australia won 17-5.
New Zealand clinched Pool A by beating Canada 24-7 despite captain Sarah Goss and double try scorer Michaela Blyde receiving yellow cards.
"I was pretty gutted actually, just felt I was letting the team down,” Goss said. “By getting a yellow card, many had to cover, so I felt bad about that. That was unfortunate. Obviously we'll try not to get any more of those."