The Manu Samoa 7’s started the day off for the Oceania teams with a win over Canada (14-7) to book themselves a place in the Challenge Semi Finals where they faced a determined Welsh side. The lead changed with every score clash eventually seeing the Manu going down 17-12.
Although they finished the weekend with 2 more losses the Papua New Guinea Puk Puk’s showed glimpses of brilliance and improvement over the weekend. Playing both matches down 2 players, through injury and suspension, they went down 5-24 against Wales then fell to Canada 31-14 with William Triang top scoring for the invitational side. The Puk Puks will be hoping to do better in Hamilton next weekend.
After a tough loss to Fiji on Saturday evening the New Zealand 7s face the Aussie 7s in the Cup Quarter Final. In the first Trans-Tasman battle of the day the Aussie side came out victors 24-12 in a close and physical match. The NZ side regrouped in time to take a narrow win over England 10-5 booking a place in the 5th place play off.
In an upset the USA, led by HSBC Player of the Year Perry Baker, knocked Fiji out of the running for the Cup dismissing the Oceania Sevens Champions 7-24. The regional powerhouse redeemed itself in a 24-5 win over Kenya to set up a rematch against New Zealand in a play-off for 5th.
In the 3rd time in as many months New Zealand and Fiji faced each other looking for a win. New Zealand took an early lead which Fiji struggled to reign in. The Cape Town Champions proved too good for the Oceania Champions taking the win 31-7 in a reverse of Saturday’s scoreline. Speaking after the match New Zealand Captain Tim Nicholson said, “the boys just wanted to take something into next week so went out there with a focus on defence”.
James Stannard scores over NZ (Photo: Matt King) Lachlan Anderson makes a break against South Africa (Photo: Bradley Kanaris)
After taking the win against New Zealand earlier in the day the Aussie 7s Men’s side looked to repeat the winning form of the Aussie Women’s side and did so dismissing Argentina 28-0. After the win Captain Lewis Holland said, “We’ve developed across the three days as we didn’t look pretty in the first three games. We’re finding ways to win so it’s a positive result”. He later added, “You can’t beat a home crowd and you only get to have them once a year”.
The win booked the Aussies a spot in the Cup final against South Africa. An early try was denied to South Africa’s Rosko Specman following some brilliant defence from Lachlan Henderson. This saw a turn in the game with Australia scoring two tries just before half time, through Holland and Stannard, to go 14-0 up. The Aussie tries kept coming after half time with Ben O’Donnell going over twice and Porch also crossing.
The home crowd advantage was too much for the Springbok’s to overcome with Australia taking the win 29-0 breaking a 6-year drought on home soil making it a double Golden day for the Aussies.
Sydney 7s Medal Placings:
Gold - Australia
Silver – South Africa
Bronze – Argentina
Player of the final – Lachlan Anderson
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