Australia undefeated on first day of Las Vegas Sevens
The Australian Men’s Sevens have made it two from two on Day One of the USA7s in Las Vegas with a brave come from behind victory over Scotland and a clinical performance against Japan which has ensured Australia will make the Quarter Finals.
Young gun, Lachie Anderson impressed throughout the two matches, scoring four tries alongside returning injured players Ed Jenkins, Nick Malouf and Tom Lucas who all added to the score sheet.
Australia will play Fiji on Sunday 5 March at 8.50am in their final Pool match to secure seedings for the Quarter Finals.
Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “I’m pleased with the efforts of the guys today, they worked hard and did the simple things very well.
“The composure and work rate we showed was outstanding. What was impressive was our young blokes coming off the bench, keeping their heads and getting the job done which was impressive.
“I thought Lachie was really impressive again. When he came on and he rose to the occasion (against Scotland) and to score four tries in two games is a great effort.
“We want to have a real crack at Fiji. Every time you get an opportunity to play the Olympic Gold Medalists you need to lift your game and we have that as a real focus for us tomorrow morning.”
Australia 28 defeated Scotland 21
Scotland were the first to strike in this match taking a 0-7 lead after some defensive errors from the Aussie 7s created space out wide to score. In his first match on field after a long layoff from injury Nick Malouf crossed the white chalk to level the scores at 7-7. The two sides tested each other’s defence but it was Scotland that struck just before the break to take a lead of 7-14 at the interval.
Scotland continued to mount pressure on the Australians in the second half and were the first to score extending the lead to 7-21. Forced to create opportunities to have a chance of wrestling back the game, Australia created an overlap out wide which allowed Lachie Anderson to lower the gap to seven points with the score at 14-21.
With seconds remaining in the match the men in gold scored to bring scores level and the crowd to their feet. Chancing their arm the Aussie 7s moved the ball from right to left before the experience and power of Ed Jenkins forced his way through a gap to score and give Australia a 28-21 victory to remember.
Australia 19 defeated Japan 12
Japan were the first to register points in the match, taking the Aussie 7s by surprise to score near the posts and take a 0-7 lead. Another player returning from injury, Tom Lucas scored a brilliant try following from consistent play to level the scores at 7-7. Lachie Anderson scored his third try of the day to give Australia the lead 12-7 where the score would remain at the break.
Lachie Anderson added to his personal tally of tries for the day as the Aussie 7s extended the lead to 19-7. The second half saw both teams test each other’s defence, but the experience of Australia shone through as they played a tactical match to ensure a clinical victory.
News Source: ARU Media