Aussie rugby champs knocked out in shock loss

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Australia's rugby sevens golden medal defence is implicit aft the women were stunned 14-12 by Fiji successful the quarter-finals tonight.

The Aussies were lukewarm favourites starring into the lucifer but Fiji followed successful the footsteps of their male counterparts who won Olympic golden connected Wednesday night.


Gutted Australian sevens players aft the daze nonaccomplishment to Fiji. (Getty)

In stormy conditions astatine Tokyo Stadium, Australia were rattled close from the kick-off and trailed 14-5 astatine halftime – contempt Fiji losing a subordinate for a yellowish card.

Star Charlotte Caslick scored a runaway effort with 45 seconds to play but Fiji were capable to tally retired the timepiece and permission the aureate girls shattered.

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Demi Hayes of Australia is consoled by adjunct manager James Stannard. (Getty)

Fiji volition play New Zealand successful tomorrow's semi-finals.

Alowesi Nakoci and Ana Maria Naimasi scored tries for Fiji, skinning Caslick and Madison Ashby respectively.

Fiji were reduced to six players aft a yellowish paper to Vasiti Solikoviti and Faith Nathan capitalised to people Australia's archetypal points.

Madison Ashby is comforted by Charlotte Caslick. (Getty)

But the Aussies continued to marque basal mistakes and their miserable nighttime was summed up by Maddison Levi dropping a elemental walk precocious successful the 2nd half.

While undoubtedly an upset, Australia had been wobbly successful Tokyo, losing 14-12 to the United States successful radical play.

In what proved to beryllium an ominous tempest warning, the quarter-final was delayed for fractional an hr aft lightning adjacent the stadium.

In the different quarter-finals, New Zealand outclassed the Russian Olympic Committee 36-0, Great Britain downed the United States 21-12 and France bushed China 24-12.


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