Australia coach Tim Walsh believes his side are finally on the right track after their runners-up performance at the HSBC World Sevens Series in London.
The Aussis overcame South Africa in the quarter-finals and edging out France in the semis before being well beaten by Fiji in the final.,
Although Australia have missed out on direct Olympic qualification Walsh says the experience gained will be valuable as they go into the regional qualifiers.
“ I am very proud of this side’s efforts this weekend to make the Cup final,” Walsh was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. “We have finally showed some of the potential we have, seen flashes of across two days of rugby and that now needs to be the standard of things to come moving forward.
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“We’ll take some valuable lessons out of London and use that to get ready for Paris and the qualification battle to come later in the year.
“Maurice Longbottom was a class act all weekend and took his game to a new level in attack and defence,” he said. “Lewis Holland’s leadership was crucial to this side’s success and it showed with how the wider group responded when we needed to show some character.
“Henry Hutchinson and Josh Coward hit the line constantly at speed and they created opportunities around them with the way they threw themselves into each match.”
Having played eight legs of the world series the Australians are sixth in table standings with 99 points. Fiji lead with 164 points closely followed by the USA with 162 points. New Zealand are third with 143 points, South Africa fourth with 131 points and England fifth with 109 points.
In Paris, Australia are in Pool B against South Africa, Wales and Kenya.
Article written by Machuki Sundaa.
Main photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos, World Rugby.