Aussie Women’s 7s through to Quarter Finals of Canada Sevens
28 May 2017
RUGBY SEVENS: The Australian Women’s Sevens team has qualified for the Quarter Final stage of the Canada Sevens in Langford with victories over Spain and Ireland with a tough draw over Fiji making up the day.
Australia’s undefeated effort means that the women in gold qualify in the top position of Pool C and will take on the USA in Quarter Final 2 at 3.52am AEST on Monday 29 May.
A bright spark for Australia was debutant Cassie Staples who impressed with two tries in her first tournament of the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series, highlighting her great potential in Rugby Sevens.
Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach, Tim Walsh said: “We are not happy to be honest. We didn’t play our best rugby and didn’t respect the ball when we had it. When we did make the tackles, we did well but I think it was very uncharacteristic around our ball handling.
“There are good signs though in not playing well and topping the Pool but we are going to have to be a hell of a lot better tomorrow to beat the USA.
“We just need to make some slight changes, be a bit more clinical and we will be able to get some continuity and I think our attack will open up.
“I was very impressed with Cassie (Staples). She came on and with her first touch she scored a try. She wasn’t just on the end of the pass, she had some work to do and did really well to score.
“it’s great to see someone work hard over the last six months and when she has got her chance she is making the most of it. She’s doing all the right things and I’m very pleased with her day one and how she is progressing. She’s a great find so far for the Aussie 7s.”
Australia 26 defeated Spain 0
The first match of the tournament for Australia started slowly as the Spanish defence pushed hard against the Aussie 7s and made scoring difficult. In her debut for Australia, Cassie Staples showed her potential by scoring a try with one of her first touches of the ball as she powered her way through the Spanish defence. Emilee Cherry added the extras to give the women in gold a 7-0 lead at the break.
The second half was a different affair as the Aussie 7s showed their experience and opened up Spain. Tries to Emilee Cherry, Charlotte Caslick and a second to Cassie Staples took Australia to a 26-0 lead to give the Aussie 7s the perfect start to the Canada Sevens.
Australia 21 defeated Ireland 0
Australia dominated possession and territory for the opening minutes of the match, but a committed Ireland defence was patient and fought off the attacks of the Aussie 7s. When Ireland had the ball in hand they looked dangerous but Australia did well to hold them out leaving the score at 0-0 at half time.
As Head Coach Tim Walsh made changes, Australia’s attack became more direct and Emilee Cherry capitalised on some space out wide to run 50 metres to score next to the posts. Chloe Dalton added the extras to take a 7-0 lead. Ireland’s defence although committed, eventually cracked as Australia scored two late tries through Chloe Dalton and Charlotte Caslick to take a 21-0 victory.
Australia 24 drew with Fiji 24
Australia started the match well, creating attacking opportunities in Fiji’s red zone, however a quick turn over and good hands by Fiji allowed them to score the opening try. A quick reply from the Aussie 7s was created through a powerful run by Tiana Penitani who offloaded to create space for Georgie Friedrichs who scored underneath the posts to take a 7-5 lead. Fiji again hammered the Australian line and a try to Vodo took the lead, 12-7. The Aussie 7s countered with their own attacking run and despite some huge defence from Fiji was able to score a try in extra time through Brooke Walker to level the scores at the break.
As Charlotte Caslick entered the fray she made her impact felt immediately, sliding through the Fijian defence to score in the corner. The see-sawing nature of the match continued as Fiji found the answer straight away through two quick tries to take a 19-24 lead. As the final siren blared around the stadium, Australia found a crack in the defence after mountains of work by the Australian forwards, allowing Alicia Quirk to power her way through to score. Chloe Dalton could not add the extras, leaving Fiji to register their first draw against the Aussie 7s.
Australian Rugby Union