Australian women off to perfect start in Sevens

Australia's women have started their Sydney Sevens campaign in blistering fashion by smashing a below-par Spain side 29-0 and thumping Papua New Guinea 50-0 at Allianz Stadium.

The home side wasted no time getting their tournament off on the right note against Spain as Emma Sykes scored her first of two tries 23 seconds into the match.

Co-captain Shannon Parry orchestrated a penalty for the Aussies and shortly after Charlotte Caslick dived over for a five-pointer midway through the first half.

Ellia Green, in her first tournament back since her knee reconstruction in April 2017, used her pace and power to sneak down the right edge to give Australia a 19-0 lead at the break.

Despite the result there was some rustiness from the Australians. They bombed a certain try just after half-time and a number of passes weren't as precise as they would have liked.

Sykes and Evania Pelite bagged tries in the second half to help their side run away with an easy victory.

"The girls came out firing and it was a really good first game result," Sykes said. "We've still got a lot to learn and a lot to fix up but it was a good first game. It was good to get out there and get the first win of the tournament but we're just taking each game as they come."

Next up, in what was the first game between the two nations at a sevens World Series leg, Australia once again got out of the blocks quickly against their Oceania neighbours and took a 24-0 lead into half-time thanks to a double from Caslick.

Australia found their groove as the game went on and were simply too fit and fast for a PNG side that have a fraction of the resources the home team are blessed with.

Green, who for the second game in a row scored a try, showed she still has the pace that has made her a sensation in the sevens format.

Georgina Friedrichs and Emma Tonegato also bagged two five-pointers of their own in the second half as Australia chalked up a half century of points.

"We were just trying to be really composed going into that game," Tonegato said. "We didn't know what to expect and definitely didn't want to be over-confident. We wanted to respect our opposition, I think we did that. We were pretty clinical in that 50-0 scoreline."

In other Pool A matches, France annihilated Papua New Guinea 50-0 and Spain 22-0 to set up what should a relatively tight match later on Friday afternoon when they take on the Aussies at 5.18pm.

"They [France] played really good against PNG," Tonegato said. "We'll go back and review them and hopefully we can finish the day three from three."

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