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Australian women's sevens win opening Dubai tournament

The Australian women's sevens team have bounced back from their disappointing Tokyo Olympics campaign, winning the opening World Series tournament in Dubai by defeating Fiji in the final.

Facing the team that knocked them out of the Olympics quarterfinal, the revamped Australia team made easy work of Fiji through a Demi Hayes double, to win 22-7.

Meanwhile, the new look Australian men's side had a strong tournament but were eventually undone by South Africa 29-5 in the quarterfinal and finished the weekend fifth.

In their first World Series tournament since early 2020, the women's side made a strong statement on the opening day, defeating the USA in emphatic fashion 45-5, before they made light work of Spain closing out the day with a 34-0 win.

They came out firing again on the second day of play, smashing Brazil 38-5, with Charlotte Caslick crossing the chalk for her 100th World Series try. Caslick would close out the weekend named Impact Player of the Tournament.

In their final pool clash, Australia were pushed to the siren against France, securing a tight 24-22 win after France were unable to convert a final second try that gave Australia the two-point win.

Australia's men kicked off their tournament with an impressive opening match smashing Canada 35-19, before they were Tested by France 17-10 before Henry Hutchison scored the match winning try with seconds left on the clock.

They were denied the chance of topping Pool A though when they fell short against Fiji 17-12 in their final pool game.

Heading into the quarterfinal, it was always going to be a tough task taking on South Africa who eventually claimed their 16th consecutive over Australia. Despite Australia's best efforts, the Blitzbokke found the line five times sealing a 29-5 victory.

They would get back to winning ways in their fifth place semifinal, where they took a commanding lead over Ireland and eventually secured a strong 35-14 win, before they finished the day in the fifth place final with a solid 35-21 victory over a combined Great Britain side.