Australia’s women’s team win Dubai Sevens to claim opening World Series Tour stage

AUSTRALIA’S women’s sevens team have put a year of disappointment behind them to claim the opening World Series Tour stage in Dubai.

After taking out the 2015/16 World Series, the Olympic champions failed to register a win on the tour last season.

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But Australia put last season’s misery behind them with an emphatic win in the desert, crushing the United States of America 34-0.

“To beat a very good Canadian team and to go and blow away the USA in the final was very pleasing and there were some outstanding performances,” Australian coach Tim Walsh said.

“Everyone banded together and put into practice what we have been working on over the last few months.

“We had a really good lead into the tournament with the Aon Sevens Series, Central Coast Sevens and the games against New Zealand.

“We stuck to our guns about what we wanted to achieve and peaked at the right time.”

The USA dominated possession in the opening minutes, but some excellent work from Emilee Cherry allowed outside back Emma Tonegato to get on the scoresheet first.

Sharni Williams then extended Australia’s lead midway through the first half, before Evania Pelite put the icing on the cake to score her side’s third try on the stroke of half time.

A try to Cherry and a second half double to Dominique du Toit sealed a clinical victory for Australia.

The World Series Tour continues in Sydney next month.

Meanwhile, Australia’s men’s team will meet England in the quarter-finals (7:06pm AEDT).

Andy Friend’s coached side easily won their opening two pool matches against Wales (37-8) and Russia (47-0), but narrowly went down to Fiji (26-19) in their final match.

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