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Qantas Women's Sevens finish seventh in China

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By ARU Media Unit

The Qantas Women’s Sevens have finished seventh in China following a 7-5 win over Brazil in their final match of the third round of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series today.

Playing at Guangzhou Uni Town Stadium, the Qantas Women’s Sevens started their day with a disappointing 17-14 loss to the United States in the Cup quarter-final, before falling 15-14 to Ireland in the Plate semifinal.

Qantas Women’s Sevens coach Chris Lane was disappointed with his side’s performance on the second day, as they let sides get away from them too often.

“We simply weren’t good enough today, we didn’t aim up,” Lane said.

“We had leads throughout this tournament and we surrendered them. We need to have a brutally honest look at ourselves and improve from this.

“On a positive note, some of our younger players who are new to the Series really showed they belong here and that’s a positive sign for our depth and development.”

The Qantas Women’s Sevens found themselves down 12-0 to United States at half time of their Cup quarter-final, but managed to close the gap to 12-7 early in the second following a try to Brooke Anderson. The States scored once more and a late try to Australia’s Tiana Penitani was simply a consolation.

The Australians led 7-5 at half time against the Irish, following a try to Ellia Green, and scored again in the second half through Cobie-Jane Morgan, but a try and penalty to the Irish stole the win.

Their final match of the tournament featured an early try to Shontelle Stowers, to notch her 100th point for Australia, and a conversion to Sharni Williams to take a 7-0 lead at half time. A late try to Brazil in the second half closed the gap, but the conversion was missed.

Day one saw the Qantas Women’s Sevens finish second in their pool with two wins from three, having dispatched of Japan 26-5 and Ireland 12-7, before encountering a confident Canada to come off second best at 20-10.

The Qantas Women’s Sevens will return to action in May for the non-IRB sanctioned London Sevens and the final round of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in Netherlands.

Day one

Australia 26 – Japan 5
Australia tries – Nikki Etheridge, Ellia Green (2), Emilee Cherry.
Conversions – Cobie-Jane Morgan (3).

Australia 12 – Ireland 7
Australia tries – Etheridge, Sharni Williams.
Conversions – Morgan.

Australia 10 – Canada 20
Australia tries – Morgan, Brooke Anderson.

Day two
Cup quarter-final
Australia 14 – United States 17
Australia tries – Anderson, Tiana Penitani.
Conversions – Williams (2).

Plate semifinal
Australia 14 – Ireland 15
Australia tries – Green, Morgan.
Conversions – Williams, Morgan.

Seventh-place playoff

Australia 7 – Brazil 5
Australia try – Shontelle Stowers.
Conversion – Williams.

Australian Women’s Sevens recent milestones



Iliseva Batibasaga

Reached 50 points for Australia in Hong Kong,

currently on 54 overall (10T, 2C)

Cobie-Jane Morgan

Reach 100 points for Australia in China,

currently on 110 (16T, 15C)

Shontelle Stowers

Reached 100 points for Australia in China,

currently on 100 points (20T)

Sharni Williams

Reached 50 for Australia in China,

currently on 52 (10T, 1C)




Australian Women’s Sevens upcoming milestones



Rebecca Tavo

Needs 15 points to reach 200 for Australia,

currently on 175 (35T)


Qantas Women’s Sevens China squad

View the bios for the Qantas Women’s Sevens squad for China



Based (originally from)



Rebecca Tavo (C)

Brisbane, QLD (Port Hedland, WA)

Brothers, QLD


Sharni Williams

Brisbane, QLD (Canberra, ACT)

Royals, ACT


Shontelle Stowers

Lane Cove, NSW

Warringah, NSW


Ellia Green

Murrumbeena, VIC



Nikki Etheridge

Brisbane, QLD (Toowoomba, QLD)

Toowoomba Bears, QLD


Jess Palmer

West Ryde, NSW

Warringah, NSW


Tiana Penitani

Matraville, NSW

Maroubra, NSW


Natasha Haines

Perth, WA (Melbourne, VIC)

Cottesloe, WA


Iliseva Batibasaga

Kensington, NSW

Sydney University, NSW


Cobie-Jane Morgan

Brisbane, QLD, (Erina, NSW)

Warringah, NSW


Emilee Cherry

Brisbane, QLD (Toowoomba, QLD)

Toowoomba Bears, QLD


Brooke Anderson

Brighton Le Sands, NSW

Southern Districts, NSW


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