Jillaroos co-captain Shannon Parry.
Jillaroos co-captain Shannon Parry. ARMANDO BABANI

Undefeated Pearls claim Oceania title

RUGBY SEVENS: The Australian women's sevens side has continued on from where it left off in Rio.

The Pearls, having won the Olympic gold medal in the sport's Games debut, has now claimed the Oceania Sevens title in Fiji.

Though a new-look side to the one that swept aside all before it in August, the Aussie women remained undefeated after thumping the tournament hosts 31-0 in the final.

It was a final warm-up before the start of the Sevens World Series in Dubai next month.

"I am really happy with the performance we put out this tournament,” coach Tim Walsh said.

"We had different experience levels in the squad with the players who were in Rio and the players doing their rugby apprenticeships.

"Our debutants were outstanding. Emma Sykes, Hannah Southwell and Shanice Parker played exceptionally well and improved on every game.

"This tournament couldn't have been better preparation for us.

"Heading into the Dubai Sevens we have some selection headaches but that is only going to make us stronger.”

The Aussie men, meanwhile, finished third after beating Papua New Guinea 25-5 in the decider for bronze.


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