Australia’s women have been beaten 17-7 by arch-rivals New Zealand in the final of the Cape Town Sevens.
The Black Ferns were more clinical in finishing off their chances on Sunday, with Kelly Brazier making the breakthrough in the third minute.
Ruby Tui then added a try as New Zealand opened up a 12-point lead at the break, but Australia refused to cave in as Ellia Green replied with a fine score and at least had the consolation of moving to the top of her country’s all-time World Sevens Series try-scoring list.
Player-of-the-match Tui struck again as she burst away from Carrie Staples to grab the third score as the Black Ferns held on for a comfortable victory.
It was a double celebration for New Zealand whose men’s team also won their decider, fighting back to edge the hosts South Africa 7-5.
Australia’s men slumped to their worst finish in a World Series event since 2013, losing the 11th place playoff to Canada 22-5.