National Sevens: NSW Blue and Queensland Red shine

by Staff Writer

Queensland Red have payback on their minds as they head into the knockout rounds of the National Sevens Championships in Adelaide on Sunday.

NSW Blue and Queensland Red were the only teams to go through undefeated on Day One of the Nationals at the Adelaide Shores Sporting Precinct on Saturday with the Queenslanders grabbing top ranking courtesy of a better for and against.

Aussie Women’s squad members Dom Du Toit and Georgie Friedrichs led the way for Queensland, but Du Toit stressed that Saturday was very much a team effort.

“Yeah it’s been really good actually, we’ve gelled together really nicely and we’ve set a good platform for tomorrow (Sunday) – the ones that count,” Du Toit said.

“The quarter final, the first game of the day is always hard to get up for. You’re always a bit sore but if we do everything right tonight hopefully we can finish it all off.”

Teams will compete for the Cup, Plate and Bowl, replicating the format of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Australian Men’s Head Coach Andy Friend came away impressed with what he saw in both the Men’s and Women’s tournaments.

“The attitude of all the players has been fantastic. The players have put everything into it and every game has been greatly contested,” he said.

 "It’s so exciting to see what the Aussie Sevens team did in Rio and what it has done with the players we have seen here.  It just seems to be the sport people want to play now. 

“It’s great for the game to see the Girls play. It’s so exciting to see what the Aussie Sevens team did in Rio and what it has done with the players we have seen here.  It just seems to be the sport people want to play now." - Andy Friend

“The Girls have shown a lot of talent and a lot of battle and the Women’s Championship is going to be a tough battle tomorrow."

All matches on day two will be LIVE streamed through www.rugby.com.au.

STANDINGS

2016 Womens Nationals Sevens Top Eight

1. Queensland Red (9 pts)

2. NSW Blue (9 pts)

3. Western Australia (7 pts)

4. Queensland White (7 pts)

5. ACT (7 pts)

6. National Indigenous (7 pts)

7. South Australia (7 pts)

8. NSW White (5 pts)

Day two of the 2016 Nationals Sevens Championships from Adelaide will be LIVE streamed tomorrow from 9:30am ADST (9:00am ACDT) on rugby.com.au. Field One live here. Field Two live here.

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