Rugby Sevens

Aussies win Plate Final at Wellington Sevens

Saturday February 6, 2010 by  

Australian Sevens debutant Kimami Sitauti in action. Sitauti recently starred during the Australian Schoolboys tour to the UK and Ireland. (Photo courtesy of the iRB)
Australian Sevens debutant Kimami Sitaut in action. Sitauti recently starred during the Australian Schoolboys tour to the UK and Ireland.
Photo courtesy of iRB

A late try to Clinton Sills has helped the Australian Rugby Sevens beat reigning champions South Africa 26-22 and claim the Plate trophy in Wellington on Saturday.

The result equals the Australian Sevens best result of the 2009/10 IRB Sevens World Series achieved when coach Michael O’Connor’s side also finished third at the opening tournament in Dubai.

After three events, the Australians sit fifth on the series standings with 30 points.

Fiji beat Samoa 19-14 in the Wellington Cup Final to claim their first NZI Sevens title since 2006 and close the gap on World Series leaders New Zealand, who had won the first two events. Read more

Aussie Sevens through to Cup finals

Friday February 5, 2010 by  

The Australian Rugby Sevens have defied injury woes to record two wins from three matches during the opening day of the Wellington Sevens, the third event on the IRB Sevens World Series.

Despite being without experienced Sevens campaigner Shaun Foley (ankle) and losing series regular Dominic Shipperley early on, Australia recorded wins over Papua New Guinea and Scotland but went down to Fiji at a sold-out Westpac Stadium on Friday.

The Australian head into the race for the Cup final intent on beating their best result of the IRB Series, achieved in Dubai when they claimed the Plate.

Australian Schoolboys winger Kimami Situati scored his first IRB Sevens try when he touched down in Australia’s opening 29-7 victory over the unpredictable Papua New Guinean side. Read more

Injury-hit Aussie Spirit fall in Quarters

Sunday January 24, 2010 by  

The Australian Sevens have enjoyed a challenging hit-out against world class opposition at the Darwin Hottest Sevens tournament, ahead of the next stop on the IRB Sevens World Series circuit.

Playing at as the Aussie Spirit at the non IRB event, Australia continued their unbeaten run from day one beating Fiji’s Coopers Bulla Boys 38-12, before falling to eventual runners-up ULR Samurai 29-10 in the top tier quarter-finals at Austar Rugby Park in Darwin on Sunday.

The Borneo Eagles, who the Spirit toppled 19-12 on Saturday, won the $65,000 prize money on offer after defeating ULR Samurai 36-21 in the final.

The Aussie Spirit were without inspirational captain Patrick McCutcheon, who watched on from the stands with a groin strain, and when Shaun Foley broke his ankle and Brian Sefania was taken to hospital with a suspected foot fracture, the Spirit were reduced to nine fit players. Read more

Aussie Spirit undefeated at Darwin

Saturday January 23, 2010 by  

The Australian Rugby Sevens are undefeated after the opening day of the Darwin Hottest Sevens tournament at Austar Rugby Park in Darwin on Saturday.

The Aussie Spirit got away to a strong start when they toppled WA-team Western Quokas 59-5 and made it back-to-back wins when they came out on top 19-12 in a close match against the SRC Borneo Eagles.

The Patrick McCutcheon-led Spirit wrapped up day one of competition with an emphatic 47-0 over the Kombat Cougars and will be looking to carry their strong form into the finals on Sunday, where they could meet Kenya’s strong IRB Sevens team, the Wakimbizi Sevens.

The Australian women’s Sevens team, playing as the Amazons at the non-IRB tournament, won two of their three matches, to finish top of their pool. Read more

Record Numbers turn on to Rugby Sevens

Wednesday December 23, 2009 by  

After just two events of the 2009/10 IRB Sevens World Series, early indications are that Rugby Sevens has gained further ground in the eyes of international broadcasters.

In October, the IOC Session in Copenhagen voted Rugby Sevens into the Olympic Games in 2016 and 2020, with the sport set to make its much-anticipated debut in Rio.

Since then, the sport has exploded in popularity and interest and the opening two legs in Dubai and South Africa suggest that the sport will enjoy new highs both in attendance and in television viewership.

Over the course of the current season, figures for live and as-live broadcasting have far outstripped the record numbers recorded for the two events in 2008. Read more

Aussie Sevens miss out on silverware

Sunday December 13, 2009 by  

Australia were unable to repeat their giant-killing feats of Dubai as New Zealand stormed home at the George Sevens to beat Fiji 21-12 and claim their second iRB Sevens World Series Cup title in as many weeks on Saturday (Sunday AEDT).

The Kiwis go into the break with a maximum 48 points from the first two legs of the Series and head into the Wellington Sevens with an impressive 12-point lead over Fiji. Australia has 18 points after a disappointing final day at OuteniquaPark, George.

The Australian Sevens struggled against the might of Kenya in the Cup quarterfinals and despite scoring two second half tries through Shaun Foley and Pat McCutcheon were defeated 24-12.

They faced an even tougher assignment against England in the Plate semi-finals and were right in the battle when captain McCutcheon scored his second try of the day early in the match to give Australia a 5-0 lead. Read more

Aussie Sevens through to Quarter Finals

Saturday December 12, 2009 by  

Australian Sevens coach Michael O’Connor says his young team will rise to the challenge when they meet Kenya in the Cup quarterfinals of the IRB Sevens World Series in George, South Africa on Saturday (Sunday AEDT).

Australia won through to the Cup quarters for the second time in as many tournaments after finishing second, behind Fiji, in Pool B on Friday.

O’Connor’s team played out a hard-fought 14-all draw against Russia in their opening match in George, then fought back to record a solid 21-5 victory over Portugal.

Fiji put an end to Australia’s undefeated run and handed the youngsters a lesson in Sevens with a comprehensive 31-0 drubbing in their final pool match. Read more

Aussie Sevens to shrug Rookie tag

Thursday December 10, 2009 by  

Australian Rugby Sevens coach Michael O’Connor is confident his rookie squad will show the benefit of experience gained in Dubai and achieve even better results when the second-leg of the iRB Sevens World Series kicks off in George, South Africa on Friday (Saturday AEDT).

Australia’s youthful team, featuring ten debutants, defied all expectation at last weekend’s Dubai Sevens tournament to beat defending champions South Africa 7-0 in the Plate final, and relegate the experienced Springbok Sevens to sixth.

Series debutant Clinton Sills scored the match-winning try deep into overtime during the first half and Bernard Foley nailed a crucial conversion to reverse a horror 29-nil thumping a day earlier at the hands of the ‘Boks.

Sills heads into the second leg of the series as the equal highest try-scorer alongside New Zealand’s Sherwin Stowers with nine tries apiece. Read more

Aussie Sevens topple World Champions

Sunday December 6, 2009 by  

The Australian Rugby Sevens team have beaten defending champions South Africa 7-0 to claim the Plate trophy at the iRB Sevens World Series in Dubai overnight (Sunday AEDT).

Coach Michael O’Connor’s youthful side put yesterday’s disappointing 29-nil loss to the Springbok Sevens behind them and gave a brilliant performance to claim the 12 tournament points on offer in front of 40,000 spectators at ‘The Sevens’ stadium.

Series debutant Clinton Sills scored the only try of the match deep into overtime in the first half and Bernard Foley kicked the conversion to give Australia their match winning score-line.

Sills’s try took his series tally to nine which crowned him the tournament’s equal highest tryscorer with New Zealand’s Sherwin Stowers. Read more

Aussies through to Dubai Quarterfinals

Saturday December 5, 2009 by  

Australia are through to the quarter-finals of the Dubai Rugby Sevens but were handed a reality check from defending tournament champions South Africa in their final pool match on Saturday (AEDT).

Coach Michael O’Connor’s youthful side finished second in their pool with solid victories over Wales and the Arabian Gulf and will face Samoa in the first of tomorrow’s Cup quarterfinals.

Australia made the best possible start to the iRB Sevens World Series when they defeated Arabian Gulf 47-7 in their opening match.

They backed up their strong first performance with a 14-7 victory over reigning Sevens World Cup champions Wales. Read more