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Qantas Women's Sevens finish fourth in Dubai

  
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12/3/2012
By ARU Media Unit


The Qantas Women’s Sevens have kicked off the first round of the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World Series with a fourth-place finish in Dubai, following a 17-5 loss to Spain in their final match.

The Australian women opened the scoring in the third-place playoff, with a try to Emilee Cherry, but Spain took control of the match and crossed twice in the first half and once again in the second.
 
Having won all three of their pool matches against Netherlands, France and United States, it was an understrength Australian side that took to the field on Day 2 of the tournament, with injuries to impressive debutant Nikki Etheridge, as well as captain Rebecca Tavo and Katrina Barker.
 
Qantas Women’s Sevens coach Chris Lane said he was happy with his side’s performances under trying circumstances.
 
“There were far more positives than negatives,” Lane said.
 
“The only negatives were a couple of injuries, which really hurt us.
 
“We lost Nikki Etheridge at the end of the first day and she was certainly a stand out in her first international tournament, we definitely missed her on Day 2.
 
“Then to lose Rebecca Tavo and her replacement both to injury in the space of two minutes in the semifinal against New Zealand, it didn’t do us any favours.”
 
The Qantas Women’s Sevens went to the tournament with four debutants, as Lane progressed the development paths of Aussie Pearls players Alex Sulusi, Maddie Elliot, Jess Palmer and Ehteridge.
 
“We were able to give the new girls a good run and expose them to international Sevens which is a massive positive for us,” Lane said.
 
“All year we’ve had a policy of developing new talent and increasing Australia’s depth in Sevens so this tournament was another positive step forward.”
 
Lane also sang praise for Australian Women’s Player of the Year Emilee Cherry, who was the tournament’s highest try scorer with seven.
 
“Emilee Cherry received the award for top try scorer, which was presented before the men’s final, so that was a nice way to end the tournament,” Lane said.
 
Australia opened the tournament with a 24-12 win over Netherlands and continued strong form with wins over France, 29-0, and United States, 15-7.
 
Their form continued early on Day 2 with an opening Cup quarter-final win 14-10 over Canada, but a 28-14 loss to New Zealand in the Cup semifinal sent them to the third-place playoff.
 
The IRB Women’s Sevens World Series resumes in February when the Qantas Women’s Sevens will travel to Houston for round two from 1-2 February.
 
QANTAS WOMEN’S SEVENS DUBAI SQUAD
 

1

Rebecca Tavo (C)

2

Sharni Williams

3

Shontelle Stowers

4

Alex Sulusi

5

Nikki Etheridge

6

Jess Palmer

7

Tricia Brown

8

Gemma Etheridge

9

Katrina Barker

10

Cobie-Jane Morgan

11

Emilee cherry

12

Maddie Elliot

 

 

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