Australia bounce back with thumping victory over ROC

Sat, 7/31/2021, 01:24 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Heartbreak as the Aussie 7s Women fail to progress to the semi finals following losses to USA and Fiji at the Tokyo Olympics.

Australia has advanced to the 5th-6th playoff with a dominant 35-7 victory over ROC.

After a pair of narrow defeats on day two, John Manenti's side overcame a slow start as Emma Tonegato crossed for a double.

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With Australia's co-captain Shannon Parry rotated out of the side for Dom Du Toit, they were looking to start day three on a high as they faced a Russian Olympic Committee keen to build off their strong group form.

They would get off to the perfect start as Faith Nathan opened up the ROC defence, bursting away to continue her strong tournament.

Whilst the passing left plenty to be desired, Australia were eager to show their skills as Sariah Paki pulled off a lineout-esque throw that would have made Brandon Panega-Amosa proud.

This put Emma Tonegato into space in the middle of the field, bursting away to extend their lead.

However, ROC were keen to show their rapid developments over the past 18 months as speedster Elina Zdrokova burnt Nathan on the outside as she scored under the posts to reduce the margin to 14-7 at the break.

With the game up for grabs, Tonegato would take over, bursting through two defenders for her second try of the game, fifth of the tournament.

The Aussies continued to hold strong in defence as Sariah Paki put a number of strong hits on to force a turnover.

ROC would then be reduced to six as Mariia Pogrenbniak was sent for two.

This allowed Paki to burst through the line to add to the Australian’s dominant second half.

Maddison Levi would finish off the performance with a try of her own as the Aussies bounced back from their disappointing day two.

They will face the winners of USA and China in a battle for fifth.

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