Both Australian teams have bombed out to France in the quarter-finals of the Sydney Sevens at Allianz Stadium.
The women and men are both defending world series champions but were unable to perform at their best in front of their home fans.
The women’s 10-5 loss was particularly surprising and also controversial as newly re-signed superstar Charlotte Caslick was yellow carded late in the first half.
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Faith Nathan’s long range try with 90 seconds left proved to be just a consolation for the stunned Australians.
“I can’t fault the way the girls had a crack,” Australian coach Tim Walsh said.
“They gave themselves every chance… we can start experimenting and making sure we’re building for next year, where we’ll need to qualify for the Olympics.”
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The Aussie men lost their quarter-final in heartbreaking fashion as Thomas Carol kicked a last minute penalty for a 17-14 comeback win.
Australia lost captain Henry Hutchison with a suspected ACL injury in their final pool game.
“It’s always disappointing going out in the quarters,” stand-in captain Stu Dunbar said.
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“The game is over now, so there is no point fixating on it… every point counts at this stage of the season, so we will regroup and move on to the next job.”
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