Maddison Levi and her sister Teagan have inspired Australia’s rugby women to a blistering triumph in the season-opening Dubai Sevens, while dynamiting New Zealand’s world-record 41-match unbeaten streak.
Dual-code star Maddison ended a magnificent tournament with a world series record of 12 tries in a single event as the Aussie World Cup winners defeated their great trans-Tasman rivals 26-19 in the final this morning.
Australia became the first team ever to win the same world series women’s event four times in a row in the UAE desert.
In doing so, they also ended the New Zealanders’ air of invincibility as the reigning World 7s Series champions were finally beaten after a year when they set a women’s world record of 41 straight series wins, which began after Australia had beaten them in the 2022 Dubai final.
The All Blacks 7s beat Fiji 12-17 in their bronze medal match, before South Africa beat New Zealand’s semifinal opponents 12-7 to defend their Dubai 7s Men’s title.