Australian women make perfect start to Sydney Sevens

Australia's women have set up a showdown with Spain in the quarter-finals of the Sydney Sevens after they managed to chalk up three wins from three matches and not concede a single point during an almost perfect opening day.

Tim Walsh's side cruised to victory in all of their games, notching up 20 tries to finish the day with an overall scoreline of 122-0.

A meeting with Spain in the quarter-finals on Saturday morning at 9.44am is a game Walsh said the team could not afford to take lightly even though they easily accounted for the European nation 29-0 in their opening hit-out.

"We have the belief we can go all the way and we're looking forward to playing Spain," Walsh said. "We had them at the Olympics and they really put us to the sword there, so we'll take nothing for granted and make sure that we're bettering ourselves from today."

A total of nine Australian players crossed the line for tries, with Ellia Green (5) and Charlotte Caslick (4) the standouts.

But it was the resolute defensive efforts on a number of occasions that had Walsh super pleased afterwards.

"That is what coaches are always after and that really shows your desire," Walsh said. "That last 30 seconds against the French when they [Australia] were on their line there and they still didn't want to let them in ... it was really good character.

"You can do all the attacking and wonderful stuff but that's always off the back of the defence and that's what we pride ourselves on. To come away with the donut all day was pretty good."

Earlier, after smashing Spain, the Australians increased their efficiency by thrashing Papua New Guinea 50-0 and rounding out the day with a comprehensive 43-0 victory over France.

For context, France scored 72 points to zero in their opening two games against PNG and Spain.

Despite the big margins of victory, there was some rustiness from the Australians.

Walsh is well aware his side were not as polished as they could have been and stressed they would need to be better on Saturday.

"A lot of passes did go to ground," Walsh said. "That was generally because we weren't working hard enough off the ball.

"Day one ??? you've got to set that foundation and get through to the next day. It's a whole new day tomorrow [Saturday], so we've got to park that. The reality is we're going to have to be better tomorrow to win."

Green, in her first tournament back since her knee reconstruction in April 2017, used her pace and power to sneak down the edges when needed on her way to a five-try haul.

"It's been an incredible day, the welcome I even got when I first ran onto the field literally gave me goose bumps," Green said. "Those five tries were made because my teammates gave me great passes and opened it up for me.

"Day two is a brand new day. We need to forget about tomorrow and start afresh tomorrow."

Said Walsh of Green: "She was fantastic. We've got to give her the respect that it's going to be tough to come back after nine months".

In other women's quarter-final action, the US will take on Russia, New Zealand are set to face Ireland, while Canada tackle France for a place in the semi-finals.

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