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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.
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.
Australia 14 – United States 17
Australia tries – Anderson, Tiana Penitani.
Conversions – Williams (2).
Australia 14 – Ireland 15
Australia tries – Green, Morgan.
Conversions – Williams, Morgan.
Australia 7 – Brazil 5
Australia try – Shontelle Stowers.
Conversion – Williams.
Australian Women’s Sevens recent milestones
Reached 50 points for Australia in Hong Kong,
currently on 54 overall (10T, 2C)
Reach 100 points for Australia in China,
currently on 110 (16T, 15C)
Reached 100 points for Australia in China,
currently on 100 points (20T)
Reached 50 for Australia in China,
currently on 52 (10T, 1C)
Australian Women’s Sevens upcoming milestones
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)
Brisbane, QLD (Canberra, ACT)
Lane Cove, NSW
Brisbane, QLD (Toowoomba, QLD)
Toowoomba Bears, QLD
West Ryde, NSW
Perth, WA (Melbourne, VIC)
Sydney University, NSW
Brisbane, QLD, (Erina, NSW)
Brighton Le Sands, NSW
Southern Districts, NSW
Qantas Australian Sevens player Shannon Walker will play his first tournament in over a year when he lines up for the National Indigenous side at this weekend’s National Sevens Championships in Narrabeen, Sydney.