IRB Sevens: Kenya qualifies for main cup quarters

Tricia Pearson
January 29, 2018

In the midst of his final season, Australian veteran James Stannard said his teammates were no longer doubting themselves.

The two teams boasted the best defensive records of the preliminary rounds but in the final, the Australian tackling was relentless as they pressured the South Africans into uncharacteristic errors.

"In our plan, this is one tournament we were targeting - we've got the Commonwealth Games and for the team the World Cup as well".

"For us, it's about coming back together and working on things that we're able to do in the next couple of months", deflated Black Ferns captain Sarah Goss told TVNZ after the defeat.

"In previous tournaments we wanted to go out and win, but I don't think we really thought we could do it", he said.

"I just thought those boys were fantastic".

"It was felt at the time of that decision, that if the Rugby World Cup's going to manage a process of technical analysis then they should stick their necks out and recommend", he told reporters at the Sydney 7s on Sunday.

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"We were still in at halftime‚ but once they got momentum in the second half‚ we could not stop them". "But now they get the recognition and I am pleased and proud of them".

The Aussie men have been hard at work since July previous year, ticking off preseason invitational wins before the World Series, but a full-blown Cup win will give them an extra legitimacy.

"Our coach Tim Walsh wanted a better defensive effort in this tournament as it was not up to par a year ago, so we have worked really hard on it and we finished without conceding a try which is awesome".

"We won convincingly against New Zealand and then to put 29 points on South Africa, it just shows when the team believes in what we have in place, anything can happen".

The men's World Series moves onto Hamilton, New Zealand this weekend. "This weekend we did that but we are not going to rest there".

WORLD Rugby boss Brett Gosper has backed the calls for all sevens global tournaments to follow the lead of Sydney Sevens and combine mens and womens events on the same stage and says the governing body will help pay for it.

"Great sides win but championship sides keep winning", he said.

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