Hamilton 7s Day One: Here’s What We Learnt

Black Ferns 7s Offloading

Five teams remain unbeaten after day one of the Hamilton 7s.

Australia will face the USA at 7:51am (AEDT) on Sunday in a match that will decide who qualifies for the Semi-Finals in the new short format. Australia currently sits in first place in Pool B with a points differential of 38 to the USA’s 34.

In pool C both France and Canada remain unbeaten and will face off at 7:07am (AEDT). With a points differential of 47 and 52 respectively both look to have secured their spot in top four. The only way either of these teams miss out is if they have a huge score put on them tomorrow morning.

In pool A New Zealand has all but guaranteed their qualification with convincing wins over China and Fiji. In order for Fiji to qualify for the top four they’d have to beat New Zealand by at least 69 points. China on the other hand would only have to beat England by about 110. Stranger things have happened I guess.

After day one here are a few things we learnt.

Brazil Came to Play

It looks like the extra time the Brazilian team spent in Hamilton has paid off. Lead by diminutive winger Thalia Costa she produced two long range tries to put brazil in front early against Australia and USA. She’s also tireless in defence chasinf down every line break.

While the stay hasn’t yet produced results for Brazil this writer believes it’s only a matter of time. The Brazilians look like they’re about to turn a corner, if they can figure out how to produce more of this, they could be the competitions giant killers.

Same Emilee Cherry

As discussed on the Stairway to Sevens pod this week the GOAT Emilee Cherry is making her return to the side. It didn’t take long for her to show that an 18 month stint on the sideline if anything, has only done Emily good. Picking up two tries against Brazil, a third against Russia and laid the platform for a couple of others. Don’t believe me? Well watch this…

There’s No One Quite Like Elia Green

I mean just look at this…

I’m not sure there’s anyone more intimidating with a bit of space. With Emilee inside her and Casilick to return to the side, the sky may be the limit for Green (noting the defence clearly isn’t a limitation).

Side note: Green did this a second time to the same defender later in the game.

New Zealand are The Team to Beat

This one really isn’t a surprise to anyone. Coming off their 2nd consecutive win in Cape Town they were certainly tournament favourites coming in, if for no other reason than they’re at home.

However, they’ve scored 80 points while only conceding 14 in their first two games. They have strike power all over the park and with their home fans behind them they’re going to be really difficult to beat.

Don’t believe me? Watch this…

And that’s just their lineout moves…

Standings after Day One

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  1. New Zealand
  2. China
  3. Fiji
  4. England[/tab]

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  1. Australia
  2. USA
  3. Russia
  4. Brazil[/tab]

[tab title=”Pool C”]

  1. France
  2. Canada
  3. Ireland
  4. Spain[/tab]

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