The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team has kicked off their campaign for round five of the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series in perfect fashion, defeating Ireland (33-5), Brazil (43-7) and Canada (29-14) to progress to the quarter-finals.
The results see Australia top Pool A and they will now face Russia at 3.24am AEST.
Australia remain firmly in the hunt for automatic qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with the top four sides at the end of the Series earning their place.
Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach John Manenti said: “I’m really impressed with the team’s performances across day one, which showed some of the range of what we can do when we play with the ball in hand.
“Ellia Green, Charlotte Caslick and Emma Tonegato had stand out games in the gold jersey, but the whole squad worked really hard and kept their focus across three very different matches.
“Nothing is won on day one, so it is imperative we keep our focus on the quarter finals tomorrow and get our recovery right.”
The quarter finals and semi-finals will be broadcast LIVE through World Rugby’s Digital channels with the Cup Finals LIVE on FOX SPORTS.
In the first match of the day against Ireland, the Aussie 7s worked hard against a committed Irish defence that kept the women in gold at bay for most of the first half. Tries to Alicia Quirk, Lily Dick and Evania Pelite allowed Australia to lead 21-0 at the break. Australia added two more tries in the second half to take 33 points with Ireland scoring a late consolation try.
South American nation and former host of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Brazil shot out of the blocks against the Aussie 7s, scoring in the first minute of the match to take a 0-7 lead. This jolted Australia back into action with Ellia Green crossing in the second minute to register the first points for the Aussies. What followed was a masterclass effort from Australia as they ran in six additional tries to complete a 43-7 rout.
For the final match of the day Australia was to face tournament hosts Canada. In the physically demanding encounter, Canada were the first to score through their speedster Greenshields as they laid down the platform for the match. The Aussie 7s worked hard in defence to keep Canada at bay but it took a further five minutes for Australia to find the line through Charlotte Caslick. Australia continued to dominate territory and were rewarded for their efforts with a second try in a marathon first half to Evania Pelite taking the score to 14-7.
The second half saw Canada draw level through Bianca Farrella who powered her way over the line. Head Coach John Manenti injected Ellia Green for the second half who used her speed to bag a double and ensure that Australia topped the Pool.