PNG managed just the 1 try during the Sydney 7s coming in their last match, curtesy of Captain Debbie Kaore, the 11th/12th play off against Japan going down 41-5. Whilst the Palais didn’t put many points on the scoreboard during the tournament newest member of the team Gemma Schnaubelt said, “it was good to be able to play against the best in the world, we’ll be able to go home and look at our game and work on some things before heading to Hong Kong in April”.
PNG's Chelsea Garesa making a desparate tackle in the 11th/12th play off against Japan (Photo: Mark Evans)
Fijiana started the day well with a win over Japan (19-10) to claim a place in the Challenge Trophy Final. With 2 players ruled out of the next game with injuries Fiji faced a powerful English team who took advantage of a depleted Fiji squad taking the win 29-10 to see Fiji finish in 10th place. Captain Ana Roqica said, “it was a disappointing tournament for the team, we lost all of our pool games yesterday and tried out best to win the Trophy today but didn’t make it happen, it was disappointing to all of us, but we will go back and learn from our mistakes and our Coach will work with us before the Commonwealth Games in April.”
The last Oceania teams standing Australia and New Zealand started day 2 in a similar fashion to day 1, holding Spain and Ireland at bay in shutout wins. Australia then met Russia in the Cup semi-final where the home advantage helped the Aussies push through the heat in a physical match before taking the win 29-0 and a late intercept try to Alicia Quirk on the final hooter to seal their appearance in the Cup Final on Day 3.
Following an impressive 36-0 win over Ireland New Zealand faced an impressive Canadian outfit in the 2nd Cup Semi Final. The Blackferns starting the match with a clinical try to Portia Woodman to bring up her 13th try of the tournament and proved too strong for Canada taking the win easily 26-0 to set up an all Oceania Cup final on the afternoon of Day 3.
Ellia Green makes a break during Australia's 29-0 win over Russia (Photo: Mark Evans)
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