Archive for March 2017

Australia through to Vancouver Sevens Quarter-Finals

Sunday March 12, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens are through to the Quarter Finals in Vancouver after two impressive wins against Japan and France before going down to USA in their final Pool C clash.

Young gun Liam McNamara notched a hat-trick of tries against Japan while Lachie Anderson’s star continues to rise after some dominant performances in the gold jersey.

Australia will play Fiji in a Cup Quarter-Final tomorrow, Monday March 13 at 6:14am (AEDT). Read more

Reds lose to Crusaders

Saturday March 11, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have lost 22-20 following a last-minute penalty goal to the Crusaders at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night in Round Three of Super Rugby.

A fast start to the Reds saw them lead 17-0, but the Crusaders rallied to outscore the Reds 15 points to nil in the second half.

17,931 supporters were at Suncorp Stadium for the annual Ladies Round fixture, as the Crusaders stole victory with a penalty goal after the final siren had sounded. Read more

Brumbies late show seals victory

Friday March 10, 2017 by  

The Brumbies claimed their first victory of the 2017 Super Rugby season beating the Western Force 25-17 in a thriller at GIO Stadium.

Robbie Abel’s 80th minute try was the icing on the cake for the Brumbies, sealing the win and giving their 8,600 fans plenty to cheer about.

The Force pushed the home side for the full 80 minutes in a physical encounter between the two Australian teams, but the Brumbies’ hunger for their first win proved too much for the visitors in the end. Read more

Beale signs until the end of 2019

Friday March 10, 2017 by  

Kurtley Beale has signed with Australian Rugby, committing to a two-year deal with the ARU and NSW Waratahs until the end of 2019.

The 28-year old has returned to Australia following a season with Wasps in England, to re-unite with his Waratahs and Wallabies teammates.

A veteran of 60 Test caps, Beale was still eligible to play for Australia even if he decided to play his club rugby abroad. Read more

Australia’s path to seventh World Cup crown unveiled

Wednesday March 8, 2017 by  

The ICC has today announced the schedule for the 2017 Women’s World Cup in England with the Southern Stars to begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies on Monday 26 June at Taunton.

England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies will join Australia in the tournament beginning on June 24, with 31 matches to be staged across five venues – Lord’s, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Having claimed their sixth 50-over World Cup title in 2013 with a 114-run win against the West Indies in Mumbai, Australia will be out to make a statement with a strong performance against the reigning Twenty20 World Champions, followed by matches against Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Bristol. Read more

Aussie Sevens finish sixth in Las Vegas

Monday March 6, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has fallen in the Fifth-Place Final against England 7-10, meaning the side finished the tournament in sixth position.

With the wind blustering at around 55km/h, conditions for expansive Rugby were extremely difficult as both teams looked to crack the opposition defence.

A try on the cusp of half-time to Nick Malouf gave Australia the lead but the men in gold were unable to hold onto to victory with England scoring a match winner as the full-time siren rung around the Ben Boyd Stadium. Read more

‘Cats sweep Hawks to win record Eighth Championship

Sunday March 5, 2017 by  

Bryce Cotton arrived to revive the Perth Wildcats season and not only did he do that, he delivered another championship with 45 points in the 95-86 National Basketball League Grand Final Game Three win over the Illawarra Hawks on Sunday.

Congratulations Perth Wildcats, 2016/17 NBL Champions.
Photo courtesy of NBL Media

The Wildcats returned to Perth Arena trying to sweep the best-of-five series over the Hawks with 13,611 fans cheering them on, and appeared set to cruise to that task after scoring the opening 12 points.

But the Hawks made the Grand Final on guts and determination, and fought valiantly to be within two late in the third term.

Cotton was the difference, though and nailed a miracle three to open the fourth quarter on the way to the nine-point win. Read more

Aussie Men beaten in Quarter Final thriller

Sunday March 5, 2017 by  

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. Read more

Australia falls in USA Sevens Final

Sunday March 5, 2017 by  

The Australian Women’s Sevens team has finished in second place at the USA7s, falling to New Zealand 5-28 in the Women’s Cup Final.

Australia started the day on a winning note, defeating a strong Fiji side in the Quarter Finals before knocking off Canada to earn a spot in the Cup Final. However New Zealand’s form was too much for the defending series champions, with Australia left to rue missed opportunities.

Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh said: “We are very disappointed to finish the way we did. Credit to New Zealand, they played a detailed, mistake free game and deserved their victory. Read more

Brumbies suffer last gasp defeat

Saturday March 4, 2017 by  

The Brumbies have suffered a heartbreaking bonus-point loss at the hands the Sharks at GIO Stadium.

With scores locked at 22 apiece as the full-time hooter sounded, Sharks centre Lukhanyo Am was able to get on the end of a Curwin Bosch kick and seal the win for the visitors.

It was a cruel end to a match the home side had fought so brilliantly to still be in after losing Kyle Godwin to the sin bin and absorbing some intense pressure from the Sharks. Read more