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.

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.

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

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.

"It was astir apt 1 of the hardest games of sevens I've ever played," Caslick said.

"Credit to the Fijian girls for coming retired determination arsenic beardown arsenic they did.

"They were really, truly awesome. I conjecture we shifted that momentum but we didn't person capable time."

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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.

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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.

"It's each astir the nation," Fiji skipper Rusila Nagasau said.

"The federation sent america present to travel and bash a job, not conscionable for america and our families, but for the country. It is simply a large happening for america to beryllium the archetypal women successful Fiji to triumph a golden medal — that is our purpose close now. To marque history."

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Australia manager John Manenti was understandably gutted.

"It's truly disappointing for the girls, they've worked truthful hard for a agelong time, and this isn't a instrumentality connected the concern which they person enactment in," Manenti said.

"I'm devastated for them. It's a crippled of inches, and a fewer of those small opportunities didn't spell our way, oregon we missed opportunities erstwhile we needed to instrumentality them.

"We played with large spirit, we person defended for agelong periods and did well, but yet a fewer misses successful defence was the quality betwixt a triumph and loss.

Reapi Ulunisau of Fiji successful action. (Getty)

"I'm incredibly arrogant of however hard the girls fought. They played with a batch of courage, we person a young group, and I cognize a batch of them volition beryllium amended for this successful the agelong run. 

"There's 2 games time which we volition person a batch to amended on, arsenic good arsenic decorativeness successful a mode which we are arrogant of."

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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