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By ARU Media Unit
The Qantas Women’s Sevens side has fallen agonizingly short of glory at the IRB Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup in Hong Kong, with a last-minute try sealing a 15-10 win for England in the final game of the day.
In a marked improvement from their last outing in Dubai, in November last year, the Qantas Women’s Sevens advanced to the championship game with a 33-0 win over the United States in their Day 2 semi-final.
Qantas Women’s Sevens Coach Chris Lane was pleased to see an improved side take the field in Hong Kong, having worked hard in the break since Dubai.
“We were obviously disappointed to lose the final, but it was an incredibly close game and I was really proud of the way the girls played,” Lane said.
“We improved both individually and as a team since Dubai, so it was pleasing to see the hard work pay off.
“The girls worked hard and deserved to be in the final but the England side we faced was very good.
“We’ve got some time now to rest up and prepare for tournaments in London and the Netherlands and we’ll be looking to build on what we achieved here.”
Emilee Cherry led the scoring in the semi-final with two tries, while Alex Hargreaves, Rebecca Tavo and Cobie-Jane Morgan added one each. Tricia Brown kicked three conversions and Morgan kicked one.
The final saw the two teams locked at 10-10 following tries to Australia’s Bo De La Cruz and Emilee Cherry, before England broke the deadlock with less than a minute left in the game.
The Australian women advanced to Day 2 of the tournament undefeated, having secured wins in the pool stages against the Netherlands and hosts Hong Kong 28-21 and 52-0 respectively.
Lane said the tournament would be beneficial for women’s Rugby, with many commenting on the strength of the competition.
“We got a lot of feedback on the final and from what people were saying, it was a great game for the spectators as well,” Lane said.
“The tournament and the calibre of competition were a great promotion for women’s Rugby.”
The Qantas Women’s Sevens side will now take a seven-week break from competition before heading to another IRB-sanctioned tournament in London.
Over 500 young men and women had the opportunity to show off their skills and athleticism yesterday, as the Australian Rugby Union’s Search for a Star took place across the country looking to identify players who may have the potential to represent their country in Rugby Sevens.