Brown hope­ful of Eng­land prospects af­ter un­beaten start

The National - News - - SPORT - Paul Radley

Ab­bie Brown, the Eng­land cap­tain, is hope­ful her side can break the Aus­tralia-New Zealand du­op­oly in the Dubai Rugby Sevens, af­ter go­ing through the open­ing day un­de­feated.

Eng­land made a per­fect start to the tour­na­ment with three wins from three in a group that in­cluded both last year’s fi­nal­ists, Aus­tralia and United States.

They opened with a 2612 win over the de­fend­ing cham­pion Aus­tralians, then claimed a nar­row 14-12 suc­cess over the US, be­fore beat­ing China 38-0.

“All three games were im­por­tant to us,” Brown said. “First up against Aus­tralia, we put in a hell of a per­for­mance, then we car­ried that on through­out the day.

“It was a big shift by all of the girls and I am so proud of them all. That heart and the at­ti­tude we showed to­day, we have to bring it again to­mor­row.

“We didn’t ever give up the fight. That USA game, we played right up to the fi­nal whis­tle, and that won us the game.

“Sevens is bru­tal like that. It is end to end stuff and you can’t give up. Some­thing we have shown to­day is we have that in our locker.”

Aus­tralia and New Zealand have al­ter­nated win­ning the Dubai ti­tle be­tween them over the past six sea­sons, and, in 2010, Canada beat Eng­land in the fi­nal.

“It is a jour­ney for us,” Brown said. “We are just start­ing out with a very new group. You can’t teach hard work and work rate.

“That is some­thing we have been work­ing re­ally hard on back at home, our pas­sion and de­sire to work for one an­other.

“We have been show­ing that out there to­day, and get­ting the re­sults to go with it is an added bonus. We have to do that to­mor­row and keep go­ing game by game.”

Eng­land’s du­bi­ous re­ward for their suc­cess is a quar­ter-fi­nal on Fri­day against Aus­tralia, who went through de­spite fin­ish­ing third in the group.

“They will come out stronger, as will we,” Sharnie Wil­liams, the Aus­tralia cap­tain, said. “It is bit­ter­sweet. We want to come out on top as they got one over on us.”

Canada and New Zealand were also un­beaten on Day 1. New Zealand will face Rus­sia in the last eight, while Canada play Ire­land, and the US face France.

“We need to step it up an­other 10 per cent be­cause all the other teams will as well,” Michaela Blyde, the New Zealand wing, said.

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