Archive for April 2017

Australia finish Singapore Sevens in fourth place

Sunday April 16, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished the Singapore 7s in fourth place after falling to England in the Third Place Play Off 12-14.

Australia’s Timothy Anstee goes on the charge against South Africa on day two of the Singapore Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/World Rugby

Australia defeated World Series leaders, South Africa in the Quarter Finals with a stunning come from behind 19-17 victory. Progressing to the top four, a quick American outfit accounted for Australia 7-40 before the men in gold fell in a tight battle against England 12-14.

The injury ravaged Aussie 7s were without veterans Ed Jenkins and James Stannard who were unable to play after injuries suffered on day one of the tournament.

It was left to the next generation of Aussie 7s talent to stand up with Tom Lucas, John Porch, Henry Hutchison, Charlie Taylor and Lachie Anderson all making an impact throughout the day. Read more

Late penalty seals Rebels win

Saturday April 15, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels came from behind to claim their first win of the season when they defeated the Brumbies, 19-17 at AAMI Park, Melbourne on Saturday night.

A late penalty by Reece Hodge in the dying minutes sealed the win over the Australian Conference leaders and capped off celebrations for foundation player Laurie Weeks’ 100th Super Rugby appearance.

The Rebels opened the scoring first when Hodge booted the hosts to a 3-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes. Read more

Sky Blues lift the Premiers Plate

Saturday April 15, 2017 by  

Sydney FC capped off their remarkable, record-breaking regular season in style defeating the Newcastle Jets 2-0 to smash the A-League points record and lay claim to being the greatest team in Australian football history.

Sydney FC Captain Alex Brosque receives the 2016-17 A-League Premiership Plate from FFA CEO David Gallop.
Photo courtesy of Jaime Castaneda/Sydney FC

The win takes the Sky Blues to 66 points from a possible 81 this season with 20 wins to their name having dropped points in just seven games.

The total eclipses Brisbane Roar’s points total of 65 and was achieved with Sydney FC playing three fewer games.

Second half goals to Milos Ninkovic and Alex Brosque sealed the points for the Sky Blues, leaving their ecstatic fans to celebrate their team’s triumphant and watch skipper Brosque raise the Premiers Plate. Read more

Australia through to the Singapore Sevens Quarter-Finals

Saturday April 15, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team are through to the Quarter-Finals in Singapore after finishing top of Pool C with three straight wins on day one.

Australia will play England in the Cup Quarter-Final at 2:52pm AEST on Sunday April 16, after victories against Samoa, Kenya and Argentina on Saturday.

It wasn’t without casualty though, with skipper Tom Lucas set to be monitored overnight while experienced duo James Stannard (nose) and Ed Jenkins (shoulder) won’t play any part on day two. Read more

Queensland Reds beat Southern Kings

Saturday April 15, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have defeated the Southern Kings 47-34 in their Round Eight Super Rugby match at Suncorp Stadium.

Queensland Reds scrumhalf James Tuttle in action against the Southern Kings.
Photo courtesy of QRU Media Unit

It was the first time that the Reds had met South Africa’s Southern Kings and both teams took advantage of the 3:00pm kick off, showing an intention to play expansively.

Karmichael Hunt, Eto Nabuli and Izaia Perese all crossed for doubles as the Reds ran in seven tries to five.

Reds head coach Nick Stiles said: “We’re just stoked with the win. It’s been a difficult start to the season, so to run out at our home ground tonight and earn a win for ourselves and our fans is really rewarding. Read more

ARU to consult Force and Rebels

Monday April 10, 2017 by  

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today confirmed that one Australian team will be removed from Super Rugby when the competition reverts to a 15-team, three-conference format in 2018.

SANZAAR’s announcement of the competition restructure on Sunday followed a month of stakeholder consultation after the SANZAAR Executive Committee formed a consensus view on Super Rugby returning to a 15-team format at its March meeting in London.

ARU Chairman Cameron Clyne said: “It is important for me to clarify firstly that the decision to remove a Super Rugby team from Australia was a decision made by the ARU, not by SANZAAR. Read more

Australia finish third at the Hong Kong Sevens

Sunday April 9, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished in third place at the Hong Kong 7s after defeating the USA 26-19.

Earlier in the day the Aussie 7s accounted for Argentina 21-12 in the Quarter Final before falling to a rampant Fiji 12-33 in the Semi Final.

Australia has been drawn in Pool C for the Singapore Sevens next weekend and will take on Argentina, Kenya and Samoa. Read more

Hockeyroos take third place at Hawkes Bay Cup

Sunday April 9, 2017 by  

The Hockeyroos took to the pitch today to battle it out for third position against the USA at the Hawkes Bay Cup, in Hastings New Zealand.

After an early goal by Australia, the USA equalised in the 59th minute leaving the game to be decided by a shoot-out. With shoot-out experience on their side, the Hockeyroos ultimately took out third place 3–2 against the USA in the shoot-out.

The fast first quarter saw a lot of endeavour from both teams, with the ball going up and down the field without any luck from either team. Read more

Force overcome the Kings in high-scoring thriller

Sunday April 9, 2017 by  

The Western Force and Southern Kings have played out a high-scoring thriller at nib Stadium in Perth this afternoon.

With the axe hovering over both teams for Super Rugby beyond this season a barmy autumn afternoon greeted them and those in the sea of blue.

The home side took a 15-7 lead into the main break before the floodgates for the five-pointers opened as both teams traded nine tries between them in the second half. The Western Force prevailing in the end 46-41. Read more

Kyrgios leads Australia to Davis Cup triumph

Sunday April 9, 2017 by  

Nick Kyrgios produced another stellar performance to lead Australia to a 3-2 victory over the USA in the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal in Brisbane.

Kyrgios overpowered Sam Querrey, who replaced American No.1 Jack Sock, in today’s fourth rubber to secure Australia’s place in the semifinals for the second time in three years.

Cheered on by a strong crowd of 5,823 at Queensland Tennis Centre, Kyrgios came back from an early break to take the first set 7-6(4), before winning the next two 6-3 6-4 to set up a semifinal clash in September with either Italy or Belgium. Read more