Pearls denied Cup Semi-Final win despite emphatic victories at Coral Coast Sevens
The Aussie Pearls have lost a closely contested Cup Semi-Final by two points against local side, the Nivea Marist Sea Hawks in torrential conditions at Fiji's Coral Coast Sevens.
In the lead-up to the 10-12 loss, the Aussie Pearls conceded just seven points, starting with a 59-0 win over Striders last Thursday.
The following day saw respective 56-0 and 27-7 wins over tournament newcomers New Caledonia and Brisbane-based Tribe.
Another 56-0 victory was recorded over Hinemoana in the quarter-finals on Friday, before the weather set-in overnight for the semi-final loss on Saturday.
Former Qantas Women's Sevens team captain, Emilee Cherry, said it was a good opportunity leading into their first IRB Women's World Series round in Dubai next weekend.
"It's been a good lead up tournament for us going into Dubai.
"It's really great to have that opportunity to try new tactics and new combinations," Cherry said.
New Qantas Women's Sevens coach, Tim Walsh, remains positive despite the loss.
"I wasn't surprised with their efforts leading into the Cup Semi. They put a lot of points on the board and were clinical in their execution.
"We're going to take these positives and use them as we turn our focus to the first Women's Sevens World Series round in Dubai, where I'm really looking forward to seeing how the girls perform," Walsh said.
The final Qantas Women's and Men's Sevens teams for Dubai will be announced this week, with both teams to assemble at the Sydney Academy of Sport in Narrabeen on Friday and Saturday.
The Qantas Men's Sevens team will look to continue their good form following their journey to the Cup Finals in the first round of the HSBC Sevens World Series on the Gold Coast in October.