APTOPIX Rugby Sevens
Australia have put disappointment behind them to clinch the women's bronze medal at the rugby sevens World Cup with a 24-14 win over the United States.
Ellia Green bagged two tries and Charlotte Caslick delivered a reminder of her class in the match for third place at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Claiming a medal delivered some comfort for the Olympic champions who were stunned 17-12 by France in the semi-finals earlier on Sunday (AEST).
Supersub Green unveiled her pace twice in the second half to see off the tournament hosts, after the scores were locked 7-7 at halftime.
Playmaker Caslick set up the first of them with a cross-kick, having earlier put Cassandra Staples across with a neat inside pass.
Evania Pelite scored an 80 metre solo try in the first half, to end the tournament with six.
That left her one behind US flyer Naya Tapper, who bagged both of her team's tries in the bronze match.
Australia blew a 12-point half-time lead against France, who clinched victory after the final hooter through a try to Anne-Cecile Ciofani.
Pelite and Green crossed in the first half but Australia lacked possession after the break, losing the battle of the collisions against the bigger French side.
Coach John Manenta praised France, who we said were big improvers this year and taught his team a lesson about breakdown physicality.
"The French were clearly coming in hard at that ball and we knew that they would because they've done it all weekend," he said.
"We've cleary got to work hard at the breakdown and get better at that."
Commonwealth Games champions New Zealand beat the US 26-21 in the semi-finals and went on to defend their title with a comprehensive 29-0 win over France in the final.
Michaela Blyde scored a hat-trick in the decider as the 2017 world player of the year finished with a tournament-high nine tries.
The Australian men's team played one classification match, having had their hopes ended by France in the first round on Saturday.
They thrashed Russia 41-0, with Henry Hutchison scoring two of their seven tries.
They will face Canada, in the first of two games for them on Monday, with a placing from ninth to 12th at stake.
The men's semi-finalists are the four top seeds - South Africa, Fiji, New Zealand and England.