TOP 7 PERFORMERS FROM ROUND 2 OF THE AON UNI 7S SERIES
Round 2 of the AON Uni 7s Series saw a host of Aussie 7s squad members return to their nominated university teams giving up and coming players an opportunity to mix it with the best in the country as well as show class their skills on the national stage.
Here's our top 7 players from the final round of the regionals.
There's no surprise that the Queen of Aussie 7s Charlotte Caslick makes the list. After being re-allocated to the University of Melbourne squad, Charlotte had a major impact on how well the underrated Melbournians went. Known more for her world class attacking skills, Charlotte stood out over the weekend with better defensive coverage then OJ Simpson's legal team.
Lillyann Mason-Spice was unlucky to miss out on our Top 7 list for round 1 but she made sure that there was no doubt in round 2. With limited opportunities given to Aussie 7s co-captain Shannon Parry over the weekend for the University of Canberra, Masion-Spice stood up and showed her class combining well with the other Aussie 7s co-captain Sharni Williams to lead the way for the women from the Aussie capital.
Back again in our Top 7 list is UTS try scoring machine Mahalia Murphy. A dangerous mix of speed and power, Mahalia is a defenders nightmare.
Speaking of nightmares, a few girls from the QLD regionals would be happy to never see Maddison Levi's palm of doom again. This young AFLW rookie and former Aussie 7s Youth representative showed why Rugby Australia needs to continue to make women's rugby a priority.
The stand out from the round 2 NSW regional final for eventual champs UTS was Aussie 7s squad member Sariah Paki. From the first game to the last of the weekend, Paki demonstrated why her name needs to be on the list to Tokyo later this year.
Another one of the young Aussie 7s squad members putting their hand up for a plane ticket to Tokyo is Faith Nathan who turned out for round 2 host's Newcastle University. Faith had limited opportunities with ball in hand over the weekend however she made a play every time she did.
If Charlotte Caslick is the Queen of Aussie 7s then there is no doubt Newcastle University's golden girl Jesse Southwell has what it takes to be Charlotte's successor. Still in High School and making grown women look like rookies, there was no doubt that young Jesse was going to be back in our Top 7 list. Rugby Australia better not sleep on this superstar because there is no doubt the NRLW will try to lure her back to their game.
Notable mentions to Maya Stewart, Piper Duck, Grace Hamilton, Maddison Higgins-Ashby and of course Sharni Williams who also stood out in round 2.
National Round 1: May 1-2