Rugby Sevens

Aussie Cup dreams go bust at Las Vegas

Sunday February 15, 2015 by  

The Cup hopes of the Australian Men’s team at the Las Vegas Sevens have ended after falling to defeat to an impressive New Zealand side (28-7) this afternoon.

New Zealand’s Joe Webber scored a hat-trick in his sides 28-7 win over Australia in the quarter finals at the USA Sevens.
Photo courtesy of World Rugby/Martin Seras Lima

In the Cup Quarter-Finals clash, Beaudine Waaka opened the scoring for New Zealand after two minutes before Joe Webber doubled his sides advantage to give the All Blacks a 14-0 lead over the Aussies at the break.

A second half double from the dynamic Webber completed his hat-trick with Australia’s only reply coming through Greg Jeloudev late on.

The result means that Australia will play Canada in the Plate Semi-Final tomorrow morning (AEDT) at the Sam Boyd Stadium. In the other Plate Semi-Final, France will take on England.

Australian Sevens Head Coach Geraint John said: “We started off well against Scotland and continued where we left off yesterday demonstrating a good skill level. But that doesn’t count for anything when the Cup Quarter-Finals come around and we simply didn’t perform against New Zealand. Read more

Aussies falter in Wellington Plate Final

Saturday February 7, 2015 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished its Wellington campaign in sixth place after defeats to hosts New Zealand and Fiji on Day Two at Westpac Stadium today.

Australian Head Coach Geraint John was disappointed his side didn’t execute the basics against the All Blacks and the Fijians though immediately set his sights on next week’s tournament in Las Vegas: “I thought we played reasonably well against Kenya but we made far too many errors in the games against New Zealand and Fiji. Errors you can’t make at this level.

“We made some early mistakes against New Zealand and were punished, and even when we created some excellent opportunities in the second half I felt we lost a little composure. In the final game against Fiji we made what I would call uncharacteristic errors. The game was physical, sure, but that’s the nature of Sevens. Read more

Aussie Sevens to face hosts in Cup Quarter Finals

Friday February 6, 2015 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has set up a lunchtime Quarter-Final date with hosts New Zealand on Saturday after finishing second in Pool C at the Wellington Sevens.

Victories over Wales (36-5) and Portugal (29-0) earlier in the day secured qualification for the Cup Quarter-Finals before Fiji defeated the Aussies (14-5) late on the opening day to take top spot in the group in front of a vibrant crowd at Westpac Stadium.

Australian Sevens Head Coach Geraint John said: “It was disappointing to lose the last game against Fiji but our number one priority was to reach the top eight. I think the day showed where we are at as a team at the moment. We’re competitive and we’re no easy match for anyone. Read more

Third for Australia at South Africa Sevens

Monday December 15, 2014 by  

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Geraint John has lauded his charges after they recorded their second top-three finish in consecutive weeks.

Australia finished third in Port Elizabeth to go with their runner-up spot last weekend in Dubai as John’s side cemented a top-four spot in the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens

World Series standings. After seeing off the challenge of Fiji (31-19), they fell to eventual winners and new series leaders South Africa (10-19) in the Cup Semi-Final. Australia then saw off Argentina (34-19) in the 3rd/4th Place Play-Off. Read more

Aussie Men’s Sevens fall just short

Sunday December 7, 2014 by  

The Australian Men’s side has jumped up into the automatic qualification spots for the Rio Olympics in 2016 after thrilling their way to the Cup Final at the 7evens Stadium in Dubai.

However, Australia will have to wait another year for its first-ever title in Dubai with South Africa claiming the Cup Final after a hard-earned 33-7 win.

Head Coach Geraint John was proud of the performances that have seen Australia move up to third in the 2014/15 Sevens World Series standings. Read more

Perfect opening day in Dubai

Saturday December 6, 2014 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens side will play Scotland in the Cup Quarter-Finals later today (Saturday) at the Dubai Sevens after topping Pool C on Day One.

Australia beat the old enemy England (12-5) in the final game of the day for the first time in the history of the Dubai Sevens to maintain their 100% record at this year’s tournament.

Men’s Head Coach Geraint John said: “I thought we showed excellent maturity and calmness under pressure in the game against England. We stayed in our structures, didn’t panic and showed a great attitude to win…particularly in the last few minutes when we were making last-ditch tackles and working our socks off despite the odd mistake here and there. Read more

“Poor decision-making” costs the Aussies

Sunday October 12, 2014 by  

Head Coach Geraint John was left to lament indifferent decision-making at crucial times as his Australian Men’s Sevens side endured heartbreaking defeats to South Africa and Argentina as their Gold Coast Sevens campaign ended on a low note on Sunday.

John said: “I think we were ok on Day One but we were disappointing in that last match against Fiji. I think we had opportunities against South Africa and Argentina today but we weren’t clinical enough.

“We have to make sure that we make the right decisions and that it doesn’t affect the rest of our season. The players will now take some time off and review what they went in this tournament and we’ll move on from there.” Read more

Aussies progress depsite late loss

Saturday October 11, 2014 by  

The Australian Men’s side has qualified for the Cup Quarter-Finals of the Gold Coast Sevens despite losing to a rampaging Fiji side (35-12) in the final match of Day One at Cbus Super Stadium.

A late Cameron Clark double reduced the arrears for Geraint’s John men after Fiji – buoyed by a noisy following from the stands – had raced into a 35-point lead early in the second period.

The defeat means Australia will play Commonwealth Games Gold Medallists South Africa in a mouthwatering clash tomorrow for a place in the Cup Semi-Finals. Read more

Sevens team rallies to claim bronze

Tuesday July 29, 2014 by  

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Geraint John praised the desire of his side after overcoming Semi-Final disappointment to demolish Samoa in the Bronze Medal match at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Australia beat the Samoans 24-0 after losing to New Zealand in the Semi-Finals (7-19). Earlier, the Aussies recovered from a forgettable first half to dramatically overturn a 19-point deficit and beat Wales in the Quarter-Finals.

Geraint John, in his first tournament in charge of the Men’s Sevens team, said: “It’s been a really positive weekend. We were clinical in our games yesterday, showed power and precision to beat England and then showed that no cause is ever lost against Wales. We were up against it in that game, and although both teams were out on their feet, we found a way to win. Read more

Gold Coast Sevens returns for 2014

Wednesday June 4, 2014 by  

The Australian Rugby Union today announced the 2014 Gold Coast Sevens will take place on the weekend of 11-12 October at Cbus Super Stadium.

Tickets for the event – the opening tournament of the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series – will be on sale to the general public from Tuesday 24 June via Ticketek (from $50 for adults and $35 for concessions).

The Gold Coast Sevens will also be the first-ever Rugby Sevens event to be part of the Olympic calendar, with the qualification period for the Rio Olympics in 2016 starting at the Gold Coast event. Read more