Women's Sevens book quarter final clash with Spain

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by Matt Lewis

The Australian Women’s Sevens team has moved one step closer to securing its maiden World Series title after an impressive opening day at the Langford Sevens.

Australia remain undefeated after day one with victories over France (12-7), Brazil (28-7), and Russia (21-7) to top Pool B and book a Cup quarter-final against Spain at 3am Monday AEST.

Australia's young stars stepped up in the absence of stars Charlotte Caslick, Emma Tonegato and Alicia Quirk.

To put in perspective just how young Australia’s side is, the team that finished the match against France had an average age of just 21.Tiana Penitani makes a break against France.

Women's Sevens coach Tim Walsh was pleased with his side’s effort as the experienced players led from the front.

"We had some returning players and youngsters finding their feet. Tiana [Penitani] contributed with good touches and was all the better for last week's run out.” Walsh said.

“I felt our experienced players - Shannon Parry, Chloe Dalton, Amy Turner and Emilee Cherry were the difference and offered us a good balance.”

A hat-trick for past Women’s Sevens player of the year Emilee Cherry sealed top pool spot for  the Aussie side In their final match.

"Emilee was outstanding in the final game against Russia in particular in both defence and attack." Walsh said.

It won’t get any easier for Australia who face Spain in the quarter final who are coming off an upset victory over the USA earlier today.

Australia must finish with a 27-point buffer at the end of the tournament to clinch the overall series.