Since the HSBC Sevens World Series began in 1999, no team – in either Men’s or Women’s – has ever won a tournament without conceding a point but Australia did it in style, as they ran in 213 points in attack in front of a boisterous local crowd.
Australia took the gold in Rio two years ago, beating New Zealand 24-17 in the final, but they never played this well.
South Africa leads the World Sevens Series with 58 points to New Zealand’s 54.
Australia surprised their arch rivals New Zealand, while Argentina continued their improvement with a win over England.
Shujaa are placed 11 on the log with 13 points after reaching the cup quarterfinal in Dubai and finishing 13 overall in Cape Town.
It was a dominant performance with Women’s World Rugby player of the year nominee Thompson scoring a hat-trick before half-time as England established a 26-0 lead, with Heather Fisher also going over.
Gosper also said future venues would be financially rewarded for combining the men’s and women’s event, like the Sydney leg has done successfully for the first time this weekend.
Australia’s men secured the Sydney Sevens title, defeating South Africa in the final, a few hours after the women completed the same feat.
But the Aussies were equally impressive in the build up to the final, having dealt with New Zealand 24-12 in the quarter-finals.
Australia mantained its ideal weekend record this morning with a 29-0 quarter-final victory over Spain with Cherry again on the try-scorer’s list.
It was an emotional win for veteran James Stannard who was playing his last game in Sydney this season.
“It’s awesome to see so many little girls out here watching us and wearing their Australian jerseys”, she said.
In other matches, South Africa thrashed Papua New Guinea 50 – 0, while England were 22-10 victors over Spain.
They conceded five tries to none and never looked likely to respond, despite the attacking presence of Portia Woodman and Michaela Blyde.
“The boys worked very hard and we were defending brilliantly on this last day against some great teams, but our attacking game is just not quite clicking at the moment”.