PNG women for Syd­ney, Hong Kong

Fiji Sun - - Sport - JUS­TINE MANNAN jus­tine.mannan@fi­jisun.com.fj

Pa­pua New Guinea women’s team have qual­i­fied for the Women Sevens Se­ries in Syd­ney and Hong Kong after fin­ish­ing third in the Ocea­nia 7s Cham­pi­onship. PNG won four games beat­ing Cook Is­lands 12-5, Samoa 28-10, Solomon Is­lands 15-0 and Tonga 31-0, but lost to Fiji 54-0 and Aus­tralia 39-0. Syd­ney and Hong Kong are the only tour­na­ments which al­low in­vi­ta­tional teams to par­tic­i­pate. Coach John Larry said qual­i­fy­ing for the two tour­na­ments is the ic­ing on the cake. “This is the 10th year for women’s rugby back home and qual­i­fy­ing for Syd­ney and Hong Kong is a big boost,” Larry said.

“It was a great ef­fort by the girls, they held their own. It has been re­ally good and also been a huge learn­ing curve for us.”

Only los­ing to Fiji and Aus­tralia Larry said, they re­ally need to step up in train­ing and build them­selves up in or­der to be a tough com­peti­tor against dom­i­nat­ing coun­tries. “Fin­ish­ing third in the Ocea­nia is a big boost for us, we just need to pro­vide more tough com­pe­ti­tion against Aus­tralia and Fiji,” he said.

“The girls need to get stronger, faster, fit­ter and more skil­ful. Judg­ing from the girls per­for­mance at the Ocea­nia 7s, we now know what we must do in or­der to step up in Hong Kong and Syd­ney. “We need to work on our dis­ci­pline be­cause that has cost us the game a lot of times, our sup­port play is very im­por­tant and these are things we are def­i­nitely go­ing to work on when we go back home.” Edited by Osea Bola

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