Super Rugby


12/4/2017

Aussie Women's Sevens claim first leg of HSBC World Series


The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team launched their 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series campaign in style with a 34-0 win over USA in the Cup final to claim the first leg in Dubai.

The Olympic Gold Medallists accounted for England (29-12) in the quarter finals and Canada (25-7) in the semi final before running in six unanswered tries against the USA.

The win sees Australia claim an early lead in the HSBC Sevens World Series standings, on 20 points with USA (18), Russia (16), Canada (14) and New Zealand (12) trailing.

Queenslander Evania Pelite was named player of the tournament for her efforts across the two days while Emma Tonegato was named player of the final.

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh said: “Really pleased, as everyone knows the Finals day is the important day. To see the team, improve game upon game was exceptional.

“To beat a very good Canadian team and to go and blow away the USA in the final was very pleasing and there were some outstanding performances.

“Everyone banded together and put into practice what we have been working on over the last few months.

“We had a really good lead into the tournament with the Aon Sevens Series, Central Coast Sevens and the games against New Zealand. We stuck to our guns about what we wanted to achieve and peaked at the right time.

“It’s always great to get a win but It just starts again. Sydney is just a whole new tournament, we’re not going to get ahead of ourselves. We’ll get back home, into training as hard as we have been to make sure we attack Sydney in the best possible position.”

Australia will have to wait until the Australia Day Long Weekend for the second leg of the World Series when they looked to defend their home turf at the Sydney 7s.


Queensland Evania Pelite was named the Player of the Tournament. Photo - World Rugby.

The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team finished fifth after knocking off Samoa 22-17 in the fifth placed final.

The Australians fell short against England 26-19 in the quarter finals but recovered to defeat Kenya 19-12 and then Samoa in the fifth placed final.

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach, Andy Friend said: “The positive side is that we finished with two wins but the disappointing side is that we came here wanting to be in the semi finals, we didn’t achieve that.

“We got to this point last year and then went to Cape Town and went very poor, we have got to take this fifth spot and go into Cape Town and target a semi final there.

“We are seconds away from being in finals but we have to learn how to play those championship minutes and take those opportunities when they are there. That’s where we have to be better and that’s our target next weekend.”

Australia head to Cape Town, South Africa for the Cape Town Sevens for round two of the HSBC Sevens World Series, which kicks off next weekend.

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