Rugby Sevens

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

Aussie Sevens fall at final London hurdle

Monday May 12, 2014 by  

Michael O’Connor’s swansong as Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach ended in heartache after his side pushed the 2013/14 HSBC World Series Champions New Zealand to the limit, eventually falling short in a points-laden Cup Final at the London Sevens.

The 52-33 scoreline in favour of the Kiwis was the highest total amount of points ever recorded in a World Series Cup Final, although it was all Australia for the first five minutes of the first period as they raced into a 21-0 lead when Tom Lucas, Afa Pakalani and Con Foley all scored. Ben Lam and a Scott Curry (two tries) hit back for New Zealand to level it up at the break.

The lethal Gillies Kaka gave New Zealand the lead early in the second half but Foley responded again to level it up at 28-28 apiece. Tim Mikkelson, Lam and Kaka restored the advantage for the New Zealanders before Sam Myers crossed for his seventh try of a wonderful tournament for the man from Forbes. Adam Whitelock rounded off the scoring with the last play of the game for the World Series Champions. Read more

Aussie Sevens campaign ends in Glasgow

Monday May 5, 2014 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team slipped to defeats against a powerful New Zealand outfit and an inspired England side on Day Two to finish their Glasgow Sevens campaign in joint-seventh place at Scotstoun Stadium.

Michael O’Connor’s young team were always up against it versus an All Blacks team now within touching distance of securing its fourth consecutive Sevens World Series crown after claiming the Glasgow Sevens title.

After a cagey start, Tim Mikkelson pierced a hole in the Australian defence to open the scoring before Scott Curry gave his side a 10-0 at the break after crossing the line after the half-time siren. Read more

Men’s Sevens denied Bowl win

Monday December 9, 2013 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens dipped out of round three of the HSBC Sevens World Series  in Port Elizabeth, South Africa losing the Bowl Final to England by 28 – 19 overnight.

It was a spectacularly emotional round at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, with the Cup trophy fittingly awarded to a motivated and passion-fuelled South African Sevens squad after they overcame Rugby Sevens heavyweights, New Zealand 17 – 14 in the Final.

Australia kicked off its campaign with a tough opening battle against recent Dubai Sevens Champions, Fiji on day one. Read more