The Australian team’s tilt at the women’s world sevens rugby crown is on track after three wins out of three in the pool stage to progress to the quarter-finals at the Amsterdam series.
Australia qualified as top seeds from the opening day of the final round of 2013/14 with three strong displays against France, South Africa and Russia to set up a tie with Brazil on Saturday night (2000 AEST).
The winner will play Canada or the United States in the cup semi-finals.
Captain Sharni Williams, arguably the player of the day, led from the front continually to provide the platform for Australia’s exciting backline to deliver.
“Obviously, our aim was to win three out of three in the pool stages, but we all know that tomorrow will be the hardest day. We’ve still got a lot to work to do as there were a few missed tackles in that final game which I’m sure we’ll review.
“It was a tough day. We didn’t know how South Africa would go and they came out pretty strong and physical. Against Russia, we had to keep ball in hand and we managed to do that. It can be hard not to think of the second day but you’ve got to get the first part of the job done first.
“The weather’s been pretty good, it feels like we’re back home and the dry conditions suit our game.”
Tim Walsh’s side began their campaign with a convincing 24-5 win over France, then South Africa were unable to cope with Williams’ and Shannon Parry’s dominance at the breakdown and lost 29-7.
In the toughest pool game, the Aussies outscored Russia six tries to one in a 36-5 romp.
New Zealand qualified as second seeds and will face Russia in the quarter-finals. In the other last-eight clash, England – also unbeaten – play France.
Australia realistically need to finish two places or above their Trans-Tasman rivals in Amsterdam to secure their first IRB Sevens World Series crown.