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By ARU Media Unit
The Qantas Women’s Sevens have topped their pool following an undefeated first day of competition in the second round of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series in Houston.
The Australian women opened the day with a convincing 31-12 win over Japan, following tries to Shontelle Stowers, Tricia Brown, Nikki Ehteridge, Gemma Etheridge and Cobie-Jane Morgan. Brown added three conversions.
They then went on to defeat Brazil 22-0, with tries to Iliseva Batibasaga, debutant Ellia Green, Stowers and Nikki Ehteridge. Batibasaga added one conversion.
Their final match of the day saw Australia defeat powerful opponents Russia 15-10. A tight contest saw Brown and Gemma Etheridge cross over for tries, with Brown adding a conversion and a penalty to make the difference.
The Qantas Women's Sevens face South Africa in the Cup quarter final at 8:10am (AEDT) on Sunday 3 February.
Qantas Women’s Sevens for Houston
Sharni Williams (C)
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.