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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

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

Australia undefeated on first day of Las Vegas Sevens

Saturday March 4, 2017 by  

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. Read more

Crusaders edge out brave Brumbies

Saturday February 25, 2017 by  

The Brumbies picked up a losing bonus point as they kicked off the 2017 Super Rugby season with a narrow 13-17 defeat to the Crusaders in Christchurch.

A heroic defensive effort in the first forty minutes led to a much-improved attacking display after the break as the Brumbies pushed the Crusaders all the way, only to come up agonisingly short. But there were plenty of encouraging signs in what was a decent display.

The Crusaders made a brisk start to proceedings forcing the Brumbies onto the back foot from the kick-off, roared on by a partisan home support. With slick handling and early possession, a score looked inevitable and it duly arrived in only the fourth minute. Read more

Reds win season opener against Sharks

Friday February 24, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have got their season off to a winning start with a 28-26 win over the Sharks in their first outing of the 2017 Super Rugby season at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Samu Kerevi scored a double which helped the Queensland Reds fend off the Sharks.
Photo courtesy of QRU Media Unit

The Reds outscored the Sharks four tries to two in a gruelling encounter where the Sharks lead until the 73rd minute.

A second-half double to Samu Kerevi saw the Reds come from behind before James Tuttle sealed the victory scoring a try with his second touch of the ball.

Reds head coach Nick Stiles noted his side’s determination to stay in the match in front of 15,015 fans at Suncorp Stadium. Read more

Blues score opening win over Rebels

Thursday February 23, 2017 by  

The Auckland Blues have kicked off the 2017 Super Rugby season with a 56-18 victory over the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park, Melbourne, on Thursday night.

A hat-trick from Rieko Ioane and 31-unanswered points in 20 minutes after half-time highlighted the bonus point victory for the Blues in front of 10,265 fans.

Rebels debutants Amanaki Mafi and Jack Maddocks had an immediate impact when they set up captain Nic Stirzaker for the opening try in the sixth minute in his 50th Super Rugby appearance. However, celebrations were short lived when Stirzaker was substituted in the 14th minute with a concussion. Read more

Dane Haylett-Petty re-signs with the Force

Tuesday February 21, 2017 by  

The Western Force today announced the re-signing of star fullback Dane Haylett-Petty until the end of the 2019 season.

Haylett-Petty had a remarkable 2016 season, taking out the Nathan Sharpe medal for the most valuable player, made his Wallabies debut and played a further 13 caps and took out the Wallaby Rookie of the Year Award.

The 27-year-old says he is thrilled to stay in the West and admits that the green and gold jersey helped make his decision. Read more

Wallabies Test locked in for Canberra

Monday February 20, 2017 by  

Test Rugby will return to Canberra for the first time in seven years when the Wallabies host Argentina at GIO Stadium in September this year.

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and ACT Government made the announcement today at the venue for the September 16 clash, to be played as part of the 2017 Rugby Championship.

The match will be the Wallabies’ fifth overall Test match in Canberra, and the first to be played in the Nation’s Capital since 2010. Read more