HSBC Sydney sevens

Palais go down to France and Australia

In this morning’s encounter, the French ran in eight tries to comfortably beat the Palais 50-0.

The match after lunch saw the current world champions, Australia put away the Palais with the same score line of 50-0.

The Palais will play their third and last match of the day against Spain at 3:56pm.

The HSBC Sydney Sevens is being relayed live on TVWAN Action.

Pukpuks off to Sydney Sevens

Speaking before their departure today, coach, Dougie Guise said the team has been in training over the last 18 months.

“Preparations have been really good especially in the last couple of weeks with the inclusion of the boys from the outside provinces.

“We’ve picked up a bit of momentum and all looking forward to the challenge over the next couple of weekends.

He said the team for the Sydney Sevens will be captained by Henry Kalua.

There are 16 countries that will taking part in the tournament. The Pukpuks are in Pool C with South Africa, England and Spain.

Schnaubelt excited to make debut

Slotted into the position of fly-half by coach, John Larry, the 21 year old said she has gelled well with the rest of her teammates.

“We have the other fly-halves in the team who are good. They talk to me and tell me how their game plan is and I just adapt to it. I’m really excited about this and I can’t wait.”

Schnaubelt knows the biggest challenge for PNG will come from Australia but added the team won’t back down and will give it their best. 

Palais leave for Sydney Sevens

Coach John Larry said speed, defence and decision-making have been some of the areas of focus in the eight weeks of training leading into the tournament.

“The 12-member team will be led by Debbie Kaore. We still have other experienced players in Freda Waula, Joanne Lagona and Lynette Kwarula,” he said.

“Our only debutant is Gemma Schnaubelt, who brings a lot of flare into the side.”

The Palais have been placed in Pool A alongside Australia, France and Spain.