Aussie Men’s Sevens through to Sydney Quarter Finals

Saturday February 4, 2017

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has qualified for the Sydney 7s Quarter Finals against Wales after finishing second in Pool C with victories over Scotland and Papua New Guinea.

Australia will play Wales at 1.04pm AEDT tomorrow as the side continues their campaign to win their home tournament.

Australian Men’s Head Coach Andy Friend: “You saw what Wales did to Fiji today so we know they are a quality side. We had a good win against them last week in Wellington but we also know that every game and tournament is different so they’ll be tough tomorrow.

“You have to be in the Quarter Finals to progress. We haven’t been [in the final eight] in the last two tournaments so it’s great to be back into that. It’s another three games and you can win the Cup. In Sevens anything that can happen as we’ve seen today.

“Tim Anstee was playing second grade colts last year and here he is now scoring a hat-trick of tries on the World Stage. It gives all the other boys belief, so it’s great for the team.”

Australia 14 were defeated by New Zealand 26
Australia dominated possession early but the All Black Sevens countered with two quick tries to race to a 0-14 lead. A determined Australia fought their way back into the match to level the scores at half time thanks to a penalty try and brilliant effort by Henry Hutchison.

New Zealand broke the deadlock quickly in the second half scoring an intercept try to regain the lead 14-19. A second try to New Zealand ended the Aussie 7s hopes of claiming an upset in their first match of the day with the final score 14-26.

Australia 43 defeated Scotland 14
Australia shot out of the blocks against Scotland and took a 7-0 lead after Tim Anstee caught Scotland’s defence napping at the breakdown to score near the posts. Anstee backed up moments later with two quick tries, with his hat-trick giving Australia a 19-0 lead. A late first half try to Scotland’s James Fleming took the score to 19-7, but Australian Captain Sam Myers swiftly responded with his own five pointer, leaving the score at 24-7 on half time.

Myers heaped more pain on Scotland, adding another try to his tally early in the second half. Despite concerted pressure from Scotland, the hosts proved too strong with Mick Adams crossing for the penultimate try giving Australia an unassailable 36-14 lead. 2016 Australian U20s player, Liam McNamara capped off the team’s heroic effort crossing for his first try in Sevens colours, to seal a 43-14 victory.

Australia 26 defeated Papua New Guinea 0
PNG surprised Australia shooting out to an early lead off an intercept try, but the home side charged back into the match with a Henry Hutchison try that levelled the scores at 7-7. On the cusp of half time, Charlie Taylor showed his strength, powering through the line to extend Australia’s advantage to 14-7.

Henry Hutchison shot out of the blocks after half time to give James Stannard his first try of the day in the corner with the veteran taking the score to 21-7. The Aussie 7s continued to hammer home and were rewarded when Simon Kennewell crossed the line to secure a 26-7 win.

News Source: ARU Media