Aussie Women and Men undefeated in opening day of Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship

by Rugby Australia

The Qantas Australian Men’s and Women’s Sevens sides have had an undefeated start to their 2018 Oceania Sevens Championship campaigns at ANZ Stadium in Suva Fiji on Friday.

The Aussie Women defeated Nauru (58-0), Samoa (45-0) and Papua New Guinea (31-0) with the Aussie Men topping their Pool with victories over Vanuatu (50-0) and Cook Islands (27-0).

The Aussie Women will face Fiji in the Semi Final with Australia’s Men moving into the Quarter Final stages as they continue their campaign on Saturday with all matches to be streamed LIVE through Oceania Rugby’s Facebook page.

The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team has opted to bring a youthful squad of starts from the Aussie Sevens squad and players who excelled in the 2018 Aon University Sevens Series.

The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team continue to build their preparation ahead of the opening round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai at the end of this month.

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Assistant, Dale Roberson said: “We were really impressed with the team and their efforts today. They took on some physical sides that looked to smash us in the contact zone, but the team handled that well and put out a clinical performance.

“Page McGregor captained her country ably today and put it out there with a strong Captain’s knock across our three games.

“She was strongly supported by a good team performance across the park with good efforts by Hagiga Mosby, Lily Dick and Rhiannon Byers and it was encouraging to see that we didn’t concede a point heading into day two.”

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach, Tim Walsh said: “It was a reasonable start to our international calendar here at the Oceania Sevens Championship in Suva.

“We had lapses in defence that were not capitalised on by our opposition and that’s something we will look to rectify.

“We did however show glimpses of some quality Sevens and if we play to those standards consistently tomorrow we will be competing for the title.”