The reigning Sevens World Series Champions won two of their pool matches but fell in their final match 17-14 to Canada.

“We had two strong performances in our opening two matches where we played without fear and attacked at speed," coach John Manenti said.

“Across the park though it was a strong performance from our team. We worked hard for each other in defence and created opportunities in attack.

“Nothing is won on day one, so we will do our recovery and make sure that we are ready to go against England in the quarter-final tomorrow.” 

Australia started the day with a resounding 47-0 victory over China with Charlotte Caslick announcing her return to international rugby as she scored within the first two minutes.

The 24-year-old would add a second try in the first half with Emma Tonegato also crossing the line twice in the match while Samantha Treherne and Lily Dick also added points in the win.

The side continued their try-scoring prowess with speedster Ellia Green, Caslick (2), Evania Pelite, Lily and Alicia Quirk all crossing in Australia 36-5 win over Spain. 

Their match against Canada proved to be the toughest of the day. 

The Aussies had opened the scoring in their two earlier games which helped them generate momentum but it was the Canadians who scored twice in the opening four minutes.

Canada continued to put pressure on Australia, punishing the Aussies for not being able to get out of their half but patient play eventually led to a reward with Emma Sykes scoring to close the gap.

Sykes would go on to put her side in the lead but with a minute left Canada went over and converted to top Pool B.

Australia will meet England at 12.14pm AEST tomorrow (Sunday, April 21).