Kitakyushu Sevens: Aussies hoping to learn from Japan performance

By Michael Hudson

Australia women’s Sevens boss John Manenti said the team will draw valuable lessons from their performance in the Kitakyushu Sevens as part of preparations for the final two tournaments in the HSBC Women’s World Rugby Sevens Series.

Australia lost to England in the quarter-finals and had to settle for sixth place after losing 35-26 to New Zealand in the fifth-place play-off.

“I was really impressed with the way the team bounced back after loss to England in the quarterfinals,” Manenti was quoted saying by FoxSports. “Our fightback against New Zealand also really impressed me and that showed what we can do with the ball, when we have it.

“We’ll take our lessons from this tournament and get ready for the final two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series.”

Manenti was also full of praise for his players’ performance with the likes of Emma Tonegato, Charlotte Caslick and Lily Dick playing key roles.

Charlotte Caslick was easily Australia’s standout player in the tournament and was deservedly named the DHL Impact Player of the Kitakyushu Sevens tournament.

“The performance of Emma Tonegato, Charlotte Caslick, Lily Dick and Mahalia Murphy across the tournament was really impressive and their work rate was second to none. Charlotte was world-class all weekend, with and without the football.”

Australia are fourth in the HSBC Women’s World Rugby Sevens world standings after four tournaments on 56 points and 10 points clear of fifth place France(46). Newzealand top the standings on 72 points with Canda(66) and USA(64) completing the top three. The top four teams at the end of the series gain automatic qualification to the 2020 summer Olympics.
And with just two tournaments remaining in the series, Australia should be able to finish in the top four and secure Olympic qualification unless they put perform woefully in the remaining tournament which seems unlikely.
Australia will next be in action in the Langford Sevens.

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