In Atlanta last weekend, the Aussie Sevens continued on untroubled after an opening match loss to England, to take the final against New Zealand. This week in Langford, they're aiming for four rounds from four.
Aussie Sevens coach Tim Walsh is still taking nothing for granted.
"The opposition is improving and it's only getting harder to win these tournaments. I thought England put us to the sword (last week) and are looking like the team they have threatened to be for a while."
"They were better than us and it's up to us to find ways to get better. There are so many areas that we can still improve on which makes this journey so exciting."
Australia's top opponents in this round:
Pool A (Australia's Pool)
Russia (6th in the series): should make the quarters, but not a given. Their key game will be against France in round two.
France (5th in the series): the crucial game will be their second against Russia with the added disadvantage that France will have opened against Australia – so the French will probably be coming back from a loss. Even so it’s hard to see them not making the main draw on Day 2.
New Zealand: (2nd in the series): Langford gives the Ferns a chance to put right early on the loss to the USA sustained at the end of the opening day in Atlanta. Coach Horan is confident their biggest rivals are not unbeatable: “England stopped Australia on day one so they are not untouchable. We learnt a lot last week for a young team. Expect them to be in the shake-up for honours on Sunday.
England (4th in series): Ireland and Japan will hold few concerns, and if Canada freeze again in front of their home crowd as they did last year the draw will open up very nicely indeed with just a chance to put that semi-final loss against the Ferns right. Certainly anything other than another top three finish will count as a backward step.
Canada (3rd in series): If they play like did in Atlanta they need have no worries. But it really depends on how Canada respond to the friends and family in the stands. If it can lift them they could go all the way, if it adds to the pressure title hopes could end early on Day Two.
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