The Fiji Airways Men's National 7s team has finished sixth in the Sydney 7s and has dropped to fifth place in the World 7s Series standings after losing to New Zealand 31-7 in the fifth place play-off last night.
They held on grimly but, given the unforgiving nature of the Sydney draw this year, Australia's "reward" for remaining unbeaten was a quarter-final date with powerhouses New Zealand, who'd lost a post-siren thriller to Fiji just moments earlier.
However, player of the final Caslick said Sydney's efforts, which saw the women play on the quiet Friday and Saturday mornings before the men in primetime, didn't go far enough. They work so hard and that's the thing you don't see.
"So to see them do that day in day out but not get the recognition, it's been tough".
"We're bullish about it, I know we cant get all 10 destinations to that but we'll push to increase that number each cycle". Alicia Quirk eventually closed out the game, snatching an intercept to run 50 metres to make the final score 31-nil. The Aussie defence suffocated their rivals in the second half, and the home side rolled in three more tries as their tsunami of belief grew and grew.
"It has been a long journey for us especially when we had to start after the Olympics and had won only one tournament in the last series. Nothing is out of reach".
The team didn't settle down from the first whistle and allowed New Zealand to dominate the game.
Looking ahead to Hamilton next week, Baber said they would have to improve.
Gosper will discuss the options with new Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle on Monday and said he'd be open to any ideas.
"I would imagine in a process going forward if there is a technical assessment, the modernity, the user-friendliness of your stadia counts for a lot, yes".
Better still for Friend, the squad is very young with nine of the 14 players in Sydney the age of 25 or under.
Shujaa sevens will now face South African springboks on Sunday 3:50am EAT in the quarter finals in an all African affair.
"Hopefully that win will generate something and lead to something great", Holland said.