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Australian women advance to sevens semis in Madrid

The Australian women's sevens team have advanced to the SVNS grand final in Spain after an unbeaten run through the pool matches.

Maddison Levi added to her stunning try-scoring record this season with a first-half hat-trick against Fiji before a further four tries in Australia's 28-14 victory over France helped Tim Walsh's side advance to the final four.

The Australians will meet arch-rivals New Zealand in a blockbuster semi-final on Sunday (1933 AEST), with the winners to take on either Canada or France in the decider.

"The French always bring it to us physically so we know when we come up against those teams we have to show up because we are a smaller team," said Levi.

"Our physicality, strength and power we do in the gym gets put on display out there.

"We'll go back, watch the game and recover.

"We take each game as it comes, we don't look at who we've got next.

"I think we thrive under pressure and are united together. We'll keep building off that and hopefully get the win."

The Australian men's team will take on South Africa in the playoff for fifth spot on Sunday.

The Australians opened the tournament with a 38-5 loss to France.

They got back on track on Saturday with a tight 19-14 victory over Britain before going down 14-5 to Argentina.

The match against Britain was locked at 14-all at fulltime, with Ben Dowling crossing on the left edge after the siren to secure victory.