Australia top Pool, progress to Quarter Finals

Saturday April 8, 2017

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has made the top eight of the Hong Kong Sevens and will compete in the Quarter Finals after finishing in first position in Pool A having defeated Samoa, South Korea and England.

Australia will play the second-place finisher in Pool D in either USA or Argentina at 12:58pm AEST on Sunday April 9.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “I thought it was a great game of Rugby when we beat England. For our blokes to hold on and get that win, showed a lot of character and it’s really good for their momentum and confidence.

“We know now that we can beat those tops side and hopefully it gives the team some belief and we’ll keep building on that.

“Making the Quarter Finals counts for nothing unless we can back it up again tomorrow. We’ll make sure we are prepped and rested for that match and we’ll be firing to go.”

Australian Men’s Sevens player, Henry Hutchison said: “It’s massive (defeating England) for this team. We are a young side and we have been slowly building and to knock off England is going to do great things for us.

“The boys are really mixing well. We’re out here to have fun and we are enjoying each other’s company. We have some solid game plans and we are executing it.”

Australia 52 defeated South Korea 0
Australia started the match strongly with Lachie Anderson scoring first to give the Aussie 7s a 7-0 lead. Anderson would add two more tries within the first half to give Australia a 19-0 advantage as the Aussie 7s put on a clinical display against the minnow nation.

Australia’s domination continued in the second half with James Stannard grabbing the first try in continuing the Aussie 7s run of form. Tom Lucas, Nick Malouf and James Stannard would all add to the scoreboard in the second half to ensure the Aussie 7s coasted home to victory against the developing Rugby nation.

Australia 12 defeated England 10
Australia fought hard against England in the opening minutes of the match and neither side was able to capitalize on early opportunities as both defences stood up. Henry Hutchison broke the deadlock and gave the men in gold a 5-0 lead on the cusp of half time. Despite being a man down England seized the moment and levelled the game going into the break at 5-5 to set up a thrilling second half.

Australia shot out of the blokes in the second stanza and it was Australia’s speedster who struck again with Henry Hutchison scoring in the corner. James Stannard slotted the difficult kick to take a 12-7 lead with four minutes to play.

England showed their class to score again but missed the penalty leaving the Aussie 7s with a narrow 12-10 advantage. England threw everything at the Australian defence as they looked to find the victory but the men in gold were able to hold on and win the game 12-10, ensuring they topped Pool A.

News Source: ARU Media