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    China threat looms in Youth Olympic rugby

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    Jacqueline Le
    August 19, 2014, 2:14 pm


    Be warned. With rugby sevens entering a new era following its introduction at the Olympics, China is preparing to stamp its mark and it could come at Australia's expense.

    The shorter version of the code is making its first appearance on the International Olympic Committee's program with a women's competition at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, ahead of its senior Olympic debut in Rio 2016.

    While sevens powerhouse New Zealand opted not to send a squad to Nanjing, Australia's unbeaten team is closing in on the inaugural Youth Olympic rugby sevens gold medal.

    But that's only if China don't get in the way.

    The Australians advanced to the semi-finals as top qualifier following a 21-5 victory over Canada on Tuesday.

    They now meet the United States - who they defeated 38-0 in a pool match - for a spot in the final while China qualified second and will meet Canada in their semi.

    The host nation - never previously considered a rugby power - were the only team to seriously challenge the Australians in pool matches in the six-team competition.

    They led until the Aussies scored a last minute try for a 15-12 victory and they also racked up some impressive scores against the other sides.

    Where Australia beat Tunisia 31-0, China went three better with a 34-0 victory. And they posted a 45-0 win over Spain, who the Aussies beat 41-0.

    Australia's coach Scott Bowen had no doubt China's team were benefiting from their thorough preparation.

    "I think that's why China have been performing so well," said former Wallaby Bowen.

    "They've got girls who've been training, living and playing together for the last six months like a mini professional team."

    Given China's dedication, he's not surprised by their tenacity on the field.

    "For the girls that are new, they still have a hell of a lot to learn," Bowen said.

    "But the key thing is the way they have stuck to it."

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sp...olympic-rugby/

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    Earlier, Western Australian Kellie Gibson made history when scoring the first Rugby Sevens try at an Olympic event in the opening minute of a comfortable win over Tunisia (33-0). Mackenzie Sadler, Marioulla Belessis, Gibson again and finally Dominique Du Toit also crossed over to get their campaign off to a winning start.

    Gibson, from Ellenbrook, said: “Scoring the first try - I didn’t really realise until I got up and I was like “oh my God, I scored the first try at the Olympics for rugby”- so I’m pretty stoked.

    “I just kept lifting. I think once you do get your first touch of the game, nerves go away and you really just set in and just go for the team. We really stepped up and we’ve really gelled over the past few days so it’s all really working well for us.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by travelling_gerry View Post
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    Jacqui Lambie suggested we put 30 players on the field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beige View Post
    Jacqui Lambie suggested we put 30 players on the field.
    Won't be needing that defence system any more. Those bastards who shoot their own people should have dealt with the problem by now. Seeing as they lost and all. Bloody Communists.

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