The first Australia’s Women’s Sevens Team to ever win a Series Championship, the Pearls bested top country teams such as Spain, Ireland, France and Fiji.
Emerging victors, the Pearls are now world champions and did more than what was expected. Proving their might against Spain, they left the quarter finals with a 35-0 win. They delivered the spectacular win in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Emilee Cherry was one of the girls who shone the brightest in the game, making the 80th goal for her rugby sevens career.
However, despite the historic win the girls brought for their country, coach Tim Walsh had some reservations over celebrating the team’s world series title.
“Defense wins championships and up to that last game, we had been fantastic all year. It’s a bit bittersweet I guess, as we just didn’t perform in that Cup Final and Canada ran out of worthy winners,” coach Walsh said to Fox Sports.
Australia’s Women’s Sevens team were low on strengthening their defense against Canada, making them chase Canada’s team by at least 19 points.
For Coach Walsh, tackling is a very important aspect in the game of rugby, which could mean the difference between losing and winning. With a lackluster first half that had the Pearls team chasing for points, the end result leaves much to be desired. However, there’s still enough games for the girls to show their tackling abilities.
Despite the team’s blind side for defense, the world series win secures confidence for the girls as they move on with the series leg.
For the semi-finals, the Pearls will play against a more formidable rugby sevens team, New Zealand. New Zealand is also the defending champion of the Women’s World Sevens Series, having won for the past three consecutive years, the Australian Olympic Committee notes.
Australia’s Women’s Sevens team will also make an appearance in the Rio Summer Olympic Games this August. The women’s competition will be played during the first days of the summer Olympics.