Aussie Women's Sevens team set for mouthwatering Quarter-Final clash with England in Brazil

by Staff Writer

The Qantas Australian Women's Sevens team will play England in the Sao Paulo Sevens Cup Quarter-Finals tomorrow morning (AEDT) after going three from three in the pool stages at the Arena Barueri overnight.

Australia posted over a century of points throughout the course of the day as they comfortably saw off the challenges of Brazil (40-0), China (38-7) and Fiji (38-7).

Despite winning all three games at a canter, Australian Women's Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh has already identified areas for improvement ahead of his sides clash with XV's Women's Rugby World Cup Champions England tomorrow.

"It's been a beautiful day in Brazil and I thought we put in a series of solid performances throughout. However, if we are to continue this winning streak, we will need to be faster and stronger at the ruck.

"New Zealand's performance against France was one of the most accomplished performances I have seen while there's no doubt Canada are a far more polished team than they were in Dubai."

On the game against their Quarter-Final opponents, Walsh added: "England fought hard today and showed glimpses of the class they brought to the XVs World Cup and won. We are prepared and tomorrow will be a real challenge for all of the teams that made the Cup Quarters."

The Aussies got their tournament off to a fine start with a professional display over hosts Brazil. On the front-foot from the referee's first whistle, Charlotte Caslick side-stepped her way through the home defence to open the scoring before Evania Pelite and skipper Sharni Williams both touched down to give their side a convincing 21-point lead at the break. Williams added a second early in the second stanza before Chloe Dalton combined with Emilee Cherry to score the second try of her World Series career. Emma Tonegato scored the final try in the last minute to round off a clinical performance.

Walsh's side booked a place in tomorrow's Cup Quarter-Finals with a comprehensive display to beat China. Tiana Penitani and Emilee Cherry both scored hat-tricks as the Aussies won by six tries to one.

Australia registered another 38-7 scoreline as they downed the dangerous Fiji to lock down top spot in Pool B. Despite falling behind early on, a Charlotte Caslick double turned it around before Shannon Parry extended the advantage before the break. Evania Pelite scored twice in the second half, with Amy Turner - notching the 15th try of her Women's Sevens World Series career - sealing the win in the final 30 seconds.

Elsewhere in tomorrow's Cup Quarter-Finals, series leaders New Zealand will play the USA, Brazil take on France while Canada will face off against Russia.

Fans can catch all of the action from Finals Day at the Sao Paulo Sevens via from midnight on Monday 9 February. FOX SPORTS 1 will broadcast LIVE from Sao Paulo from 5am AEDT on Monday 9 February.

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens results in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 8 February:

Australia 40-0 Brazil, Pool B

Australia 38-7 China, Pool B

Australia 38-7 Fiji, Pool B

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens fixture in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 9 February:

Australia v England, Cup Quarter-Final, 1.06am AEDT

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