Australia and New Zealand were both victorious in at the inaugural World Cup 9s, with their men’s and women’s teams respectively being crowned champions.
The Kangaroos fought off New Zealand’s challenge to take home the trophy with a 24-10 win after dominating the tournament all weekend, while the Ferns upset the bookies to beat their Anzac rivals Australia in a tight 17-15 contest.
As for England, their tournament was nearly over before they’d even finished their pool games, after a shock 16-13 defeat to Lebanon.
The Cedars were beaten by Wales in their final game, though, with England’s win over 38-4 win over France securing their place in the final four.
Wayne Bennett’s side couldn’t, however, overcome a New Zealand squad packed with quality in the semi-finals, crashing out to a 22-6 defeat.
Australia’s Women were dominant throughout the competition, racking up convincing wins over all three opposing nations in the groups and semi-final.
In the final, however, the Jillaroos were stunned by a determined New Zealand Ferns side, who held on to win 17-15.
England fought valiantly but were left with just their Day One win over PNG to show for their efforts.
World Cup 9s Day Two results:
New Zealand Women 24-12 Papua New Guinea Women
France 23-6 Wales
England 13-16 Lebanon
Samoa 17-4 Cook Islands
Tonga 21-17 Fiji
New Zealand 18-17 Papua New Guinea
Australia 41-11 USA
Australia Women 42-4 England Women
Lebanon 14-25 Wales
England 38-4 France
Fiji 10-12 Cook Islands
Tonga 20-24 Samoa
New Zealand 46-0 USA
Australia 26-0 Papua New Guinea
Australia Women 30-6 Papua New Guinea Women
New Zealand Women 33-4 England Women
Men’s Semi-final 1:
New Zealand 22-6 England
Men’s Semi-final 2:
Australia 25-8 Samoa
Australia Women 15-17 New Zealand Women
Australia 24-10 New Zealand
World Cup 9s Final Standings: