- Australia and New Zealand will contest for the title following an action-packed day two at the Allianz Stadium, Sydney.
- After an unbeaten day one Australia booked their place with further victories over Spain and Russia and Tim Walsh’s side are yet to concede a try.
- New Zealand, who also went through day one unbeaten, kept their perfect record in tact with comprehensive wins over Ireland and Canada.
- The Bronze Final will be contested by Russia and last year’s champions in Sydney, Canada. Spain and France will be battling it out for fifth position on day three.
Australia have set up opportunity for victory on home soil and the memories of falling short last year are driving them as Charlotte Caslick shared after their Cup semi-final win.
“Last year were obviously quite disappointed as we didn’t get to play a Cup final at home so the girls are ready to go,” she said. “We get the night to recover and to come out fresh and perform in front of an awesome crowd.
England finished with a 29-10 victory over Fiji to take the Challenge Trophy title having put 52 points on Papua New Guinea in the semi-final.
Australia 31-0 Russia
Australia looked focused from the start and put in an impressive performance in front of their home crowd.
Emilee Cherry opened their scoring having been released out wide by Emma Tonegato and two minutes later Tonegato returned the favour in the same corner to make it 12-0.
Late in the half Russia had chances however the home side’s defence was resolute. At the start of the second Anna Gavrilyuk almost powered over however the next points belonged to Australia.
Charlotte Caslick flew through the middle of the park before Emma Skyes’ chip was perfectly weighted for Cassandra Staples. With the time in red Alicia Quirk’s intercept-try added the cherry on top.
New Zealand 26-0 Canada
Portia Woodman kick-started New Zealand’s Cup semi-final by flying for her 13th try of the competition so far.
Gayle Broughton’s step and acceleration added their second and that pushed the Black Ferns Sevens into a 12-0 lead at the break. The second half started in the same manner as Kelly Brazier, fresh off the bench, powered over.
The scoring continued through Michaela Blyde who was set up by Niall Williams wrong footing the final two defenders.
Tyla Nathan-Wong’s three conversions meant that the Black Ferns Sevens finished their day on a high and their Cup final meeting with Australia.
The first quarter-final of the day saw Australia maintain their unbeaten record with a 29-0 victory over Spain.
Tim Walsh’s side put five tries on the board and progressed into the Cup semi-final having not conceded a single try.
World Rugby Women's Sevens Player of the Year 2016 Charlotte Caslick scored two of their tries but the standout score came from her teammate Emma Tonegato.
The second quarter-final was a tighter encounter between USA and Russia.
Alena Mikhaltsova and Elena Zdrokova opened Russia’s scoring and pushed them into a 12-0 lead at the break. Baizat Khamidova added their third before the USA struck back.
The power of Alev Kelter and Cheta Emba brought it back to 14-19 with two minutes to play however the Andrey Kuzin’s side held firm.
New Zealand produced a clinical outing in the third quarter-final and powered passed Ireland. The Black Ferns Sevens outscored their opponents by six tries to zero with Michaela Blyde and Portia Woodman both delivering braces. As a result Woodman’s try tally moved to 12 in just four games.
The fourth quarter-final was a classic game of two halves between Canada and France.
There was little to choose between the two at the break with Canada holding a narrow 14-12 lead. However the defending Sydney sevens champions really stamped their authority on the outing in the second half with Brittany Benn and Breanne Nicholas delivering the match-winning tries.