Aussie women undefeated on opening day of World Series season
1 December 2017
RUGBY SEVENS: The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team has gone through Day One of the Dubai Sevens undefeated and will qualify for the Cup Quarter Finals the top of Pool B after defeating Japan, England and Russia.
The top three teams from last year's HSBC Sevens World Series (New Zealand, Canada and Australia) were all undefeated on day one.
Australia will meet England in the Cup Quarter Finals at 4.44pm AEDT as they look to progress to the Cup Semi Finals.
Qantas Australian’s Women’s Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh said: "It’s great to be back playing and it’s always good to be back in Dubai. However, If we play like we did today I don’t think we’re going to win the tournament.
“Defensively we leaked too many and in attack we were a bit indecisive, so if we can tighten up those two areas we’ll be in a much better position to attack this tournament.
“I think England are going to be the team that grows the most from tournament to tournament. They have some really good young players coming through. We will have to make sure we are on our game tomorrow to get through the Quarters, so we can take it forward.
“Page (McGregor) had a really good day I thought. It was good to see her score the first try of the tournament she made some really good tackles, got some good minutes and got over the try line which is always nice.”
Australia 27 defeat Japan 0
In her HSBC Sevens World Series debut, Page McGregor crossed the try line in the opening two minutes of the Aussie 7s 2017-2018 season, capping off what has already been a remarkable journey to the Aussie 7s squad. Australia continued to apply pressure on the scoreboard with tries to Caslick and Tonegato give the Women in Gold a 15-0 lead at the break.
Despite some brave tackling from Japan, Australia dominated possession and territory in the second half with Cassie Staples scoring a brace in an intimidating return to the International circuit. Australia took the match 27-0.
Australia 22 defeat England 7
Australia shot out of the blokes with Dom Du Toit scoring in the first minute of the match against the old enemy. England fired back almost immediately taking the lead 5-7. A patient effort by the Australians allowed Emma Sykes to re-take the lead, bringing the first half to a close at 12-7.
England’s defence was very strong in the second half, taking a moment of brilliance from Vani Pelite to create another opportunity for Australia that Emma Sykes lapped up to take a 17-7 lead. Pelite’s good form continued with the side stepping quick, powering her way through to Australia’s final try in the corner to give Australia a 22-7 victory and ensuring a Quarter Final berth on day two.
Australia 31 defeated Russia 12
Russia who had already defeated England earlier in the day, started off against Australia well, scoring the opening try through Baizat Khamidova. Emma Tonegato set up Australia’s first try, catching the Russian defence off guard to create space for Dom Du Toit to score out wide. Tonegato backed it up with two tries of her own in the final stages of the first half to ensure that the Aussie 7s had a 17-5 lead at the break.
The good form for the Aussie 7s Women continued in the second half as Australia pushed the ball from side to side, creating space for Emma Tonegato to get her hat-trick of tries. In a tough second half where both teams were reduced to six women for infringements, the Aussie 7s were consistently met with a tough Russian defence. It took a last ditch effort from Cassie Staples to cross the line to give Australia a 31-12 lead at the end of the match.