Coventry Arena, England, will forever be the stadium of dreams for the victorious Australian women’s Rugby Sevens team, following their Commonwealth Games Gold medal winning try-blitz against perennial Sevens champions Fiji.
The Queensland-stacked Aussie side had briefly stumbled in the pool matches, suffering a narrow loss against Fiji, however showed just how determined they were with a thrilling victory over New Zealand in the semi-final.
The Gold Medal match was played in front of a packed stadium and it was the Tim Walsh coached Aussies who were quick to turn the tables on their Pasifika rivals.
Ahead 17-0 at the half time break, due largely to a first half double to Faith Nathan, the Aussies found themselves ahead 22-0 through tries to Madison Ashby and Maddison Levi to all but secure a historic Commonwealth Games Gold Medal. Fijiana fought back with two late tries to add some respectability to the scoreboard, however it was clear the Aussies were in a class of their own during the later stages of the tournament.
It was a fitting return to the top of the medal dais for the Australians who have undergone mass changes since winning Olympic Gold in Rio in 2016.