Walsh: National contenders emerging in Uni7s

Uni 7s
by Tim Walsh

I was blown away with so many different facets of the inaugural Aon Uni 7s tournament.

The level of skill on display was pleasing but the way each of the teams played, in the mould of the Australian Women's Sevens side, was what caught my eye.

No team looked particularly out of place and that's a really good sign, so early in the piece.

I have said this before but this series provides just as much opportunity for coaches as it does for players.

As the coach of the national team, it is clear each team is endeavouring to play the Australian way.

That sounds cliche but there is a particular style of play that we, as a coaching staff, believe is the best possible route to success, both on and off field.

On-field success on the world stage is what makes all the blood, sweat and tears worth it but this tournament is about more than that.

It's about drawing the best female athletes this country has to offer to our great game, giving them something to aspire to.

The foundations are already there, if the Launceston leg of the series is anything to go by.

But this is only the beginning and to play the kind of rugby that puts bums on seats, is a credit to the coaches that are setting out on their own Sevens journey.

There was plenty of talk prior to Launceston about finding diamonds in the rough and in those two days, we have already found seven players that we will be keeping a very close eye on in Sydney.

I expect that number to rise after this weekend and that can only mean good things for the future of the Australian side, as we gear up for a mammoth 2017/18 season.

I cannot wait to see how each team adjusts and rejigs their game, now that there is rugby to analyse and assess, ahead of round two.

While the skills on display in round one were really impressive, the combinations have now had some more time to marinate and that means the rugby will only get better from here.

That, in itself, is exciting.

Bring on round two.