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Aust women 7s tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion

Aus­tralian women’s 7s coach Tim Walsh be­lieves the Tele­com Fi­jiana side will be a force to reckon with in the Women’s Sev­ens World Series which starts next month. The Aussies won the Oceania 7s Cham­pi­onship de­feat­ing Fiji 31-0 at the ANZ Sta­dium in Suva last night. De­spite the win, Walsh said it was not an easy fi­nal against Fiji as they had to work ex­tra hard. “The game against Fiji was very phys­i­cal and en­ter­tain­ing,” Walsh said. “Watch­ing the Fi­jians through­out the day, I knew it was go­ing to be a pretty epic bat­tle and the way that they moved the ball around is some­thing that we have to nul­lify and I thought we did well. “We kept them score­less but they made a lot of brakes and a cou­ple of passes that would have stuck would have been a dif­fer­ent game. “They are a great team and they will be a force to be reck­oned with in the World Sev­ens Series.” Be­ing the new cham­pi­ons of the Oceania 7s, Walsh said it was an hon­our and priv­i­lege to be crowned win­ners. “We are re­ally hon­oured to have won the Oceania 7s, it has been a fan­tas­tic tour­na­ment and well or­gan­ised, the field is just im­pec­ca­ble and a re­ally tough fi­nals and I am re­ally proud of how we started the sea­son.” Mean­while, Fi­jiana coach Iliesa Tanivula said play­ing against Aus­tralia has set the bench mark for the Fi­jians for the up­com­ing series.

“Aus­tralia set the stan­dard in the past series and they have won the Olympics,” Tanivula said. “It was a plea­sure to play them in the last game and they showed their class and con­grat­u­la­tions to them. “For us it is a huge learn­ing curve, they have set the bench­mark for us and we need to work past that and over that if we want to stand a chance against them. “We are look­ing for­ward to Dubai this is a good start to the sea­son. Edited by Osea Bola

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