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The Qantas Women's Sevens have emerged from Day 1 of the Oceania Women's Sevens Championships undefeated, following three impressive victories in the pool stage of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 qualifier.
Competing in Lautoka, Fiji on Friday, the Qantas Women's Sevens opened the tournament with a compelling 48-0 win over Solomons.
They went on to defeat emerging talents Papua New Guinea 29-7 in a game which was much closer than the score reflected, before going on to beat Samoa 34-0.
While the Day 1 results were positive, Qantas Women's Sevens captain Rebecca Tavo said they would need to take it to another level on Day 2.
"We're definitely in good shape, but there's still some things we need to work on," Tavo said. "We'll be facing some big girls tomorrow so we'll have to step up our aggression. If we focus on our defence and the breakdown, the attack will come."
Qantas Women's Sevens stand-in coach Tim Walsh was happy with his team's first efforts.
"We've set a really good platform for tomorrow," Walsh said. "They were tough games and we just tried to stay focussed.
"We're in a good position, but tomorrow will be tough. We've had a good day, but it's a whole new day tomorrow."
While both Australia and New Zealand have already qualified for Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia, the tournament provides the Australian women a good platform from which to launch their 2012-2013 season.
It is also the first step on Australia's path to defending its title of world champions, having won the inaugural Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2009.
The Qantas Women's Sevens were seeded first in Pool A, alongside Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. Pool B featured New Zealand, Fiji, Cook Islands and Tonga.
The Qantas Women's Sevens will now meet the fourth seed from Pool B, Cook Islands at 10am (AEST) on Saturday 4 August.
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