Aussie Men beaten in Quarter Final thriller

Sunday March 5, 2017

The Australian Men’s Sevens team have fallen in the Cup Quarter Finals of the USA7s, going down to South Africa 14-17.

Australia’s Lachie Anderson against Fiji on day two of the Las Vegas Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/World Rugby

Australia were beaten by Fiji in their last Pool D clash early on Day Two, before taking on South Africa in the Cup Quarter-Final where the Aussie 7s impressed and fought hard against the current HSBC Sevens World Series leaders.

Australia will play Argentina in the Fifth Place Semi Final at 8:00am AEDT on Monday, March 6.

Men’s Sevens Coach, Andy Friend said: “In the match against Fiji we just made too many errors and gave away the ball on nine occasions. I thought we were playing good Rugby but you can’t make that many errors against such a quality side.

“We started really well (against South Africa) and I thought our game plan was right. We just needed to execute right at the death there. We had some opportunities there and just didn’t take the right ones.

“We just didn’t have the composure to finish the important moments off. Yes we’re a young team but we need to make sure that we are continuing to work hard and be better in those big moments.”

Australia will play Argentina in the Fifth Place Semi Final as they look to gain maximum points possible out of the USA7s.

Australia 17 defeated by Fiji 24
A blustery day in Las Vegas didn’t help James Stannard off the kick-off, giving Fiji great field position and they established an early 14-nil lead. Australia working their way into the game before Lachie Anderson continued his impressive Las Vegas campaign, earning his fifth try as he barged through Fiji’s defence. A spectacular take off the kick-off by skipper Sam Myers brought Australia within two points, as he sprinted down the right flank to score.

Fiji brought the margin back to seven points early in the second half before some great Sevens play from Australia marched them downfield for Ed Jenkins to score. Jenkins’ try was his 108th for Australia, overtaking Sevens legend Peter Miller, as Australia’s leading try-scorer in Sevens history. A late yellow card to Fiji wasn’t enough to help Australia though, as the Fijians held on for a seven point win.

Quarter-Final: Australia 14 were defeated by South Africa 17
Australia exploded out of the blocks against South Africa with a try in the opening minute through the in-form Lachie Anderson. Anderson pilfered the ball at the breakdown and caught the South Africans off guard to run away and score under the posts. The Blitzboks equalised moments later with a well worked try that brought the scores level at 7-7.

The Blitzboks were the first to score in the second half but the Aussie 7s countered with an impressive try through Liam McNamara, who powered through several tackles to dive over the line to score. Australia took a 14-12 lead and with two minutes to go, took the match to their more fancied opposition. Despite a courageous late attacking surge, South Africa scored a late match winner and were able to hold on for a 17-14 victory.

News Source: ARU Media