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Australia edge Scotland, New Zealand and Wales to top Pool D

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The Australian Men's Sevens side have completed a clean sweep on day one of the Singapore Sevens accounting for New Zealand, Scotland and Wales to top Pool D and set up a Cup Quarter Final clash with Spain at the HSBC Singapore Sevens tomorrow.

In Tim Walsh’s first tournament as Head Coach, the Aussie7s got off to the perfect start against Scotland, coming from behind in the final two minutes to register a 24-20 win.  Maurice Longbottom scored what proved to be the match winner in the dying seconds of the match.

 

Against New Zealand the men in gold came out of the blocks firing with Brandon Quinn opening the scoring in the early exchanges.  Both sides traded blows with the score level on three occasions in the match, before a John Porch try sealed a 19-12 win and a perfect two from two to start the tournament.

The side’s final game of the day saw Australia account for Wales 36-0 in a six try rout.

Australia will play Spain at 3.14pm AEST in the Cup Quarter Finals on Sunday.

Australian Men's Sevens Head Coach, Tim Walsh said: "It was a great first day.  I think they earned the right to play tomorrow in the big comp and really looking forward to seeing what we can do and produce on day two.”

“We’ve set ourselves up in a good way for tomorrow, we have to make sure we’re respecting everybody and make sure we’re coming out for the quarter final ready to play for the full 14 minutes and hold our composure under pressure."

Australia 24 defeated Scotland 20

Australia were dealt a blow before a ball had even been kicked when speedster Nicky Price was ruled out of the tournament, replaced by 13th man Dylan Pietsch in the 12-person squad.  The side though showing no signs of distraction as they regathered from the first kick-off and scored three phases later through Ben O’Donnell who beat three defenders on his way to the try line.  Scotland though hit back almost immediately, collecting the resulting kick-off before handing the ball to Darcy Graham who did the rest.

The side seemingly heading to the break in front but Scotland had other ideas when Robbie Fergusson ran hard to score in the corner despite the best efforts from John Porch to push him into touch.Both sides traded tries with the scores level at 10-all at the break.

The second half got off to the perfect start for the Aussies with John Porch intercepting a pass to run 50-metres and put his side back in front.  Scotland fired back with two quick tries through Fergusson, they then hit the lead for the first time in the match, Harvey Elms making the most of an O’Donnell error as the clock showed two minutes to go.  Enter Maurice Longbottom, the livewire backing up as Tim Anstee made a break and put through a grubber for the speedster to chase and score what would end up the match winner as Australia took the game 24-20.

Australia 19 defeated New Zealand 12

The Commonwealth Games gold medallists shaped as Australia’s biggest threats in Pool D but it was the Aussies who shot out of the blocks fastest. John Porch grubbering through after spotting space in behind the defensive line, with Brandon Quinn crossing in the corner two phases later for the first try of the match.  Things went from strength to strength for the men in gold when Lachie Anderson found himself with a five-pointer, the defensive line opening up and the young gun didn’t need a second invitation to extend the side’s lead to 12. The New Zealanders though weren’t about to lie down and with the clock winding down to half time they went on the attack, Trael Joass’ try keeping his side in it at the break.

New Zealand came out strong second stanza but resolute Australian defence kept them from crossing the line. The pressure though eventually proving too much as Dylan Collier sliced through the line to bring the scores level at 12 all.  The Australians then kicked it up a gear and found themselves with a lineout deep within the New Zealand 22 and despite an overthrow, the ball landed safely in their possession, Porch scoring his second of the day and giving the Aussies a perfect start on day one.

Australia 34 defeated Wales 0

The Australian side played without their skipper Jesse Parahi against Wales after the enforcer picked up a slight shoulder injury against New Zealand.  The side unaffected though as they got the scoring started through youngster Locky Miller, who is playing just his second World Series tournament.  John Porch continued his sensational day when he was next to score, Ben O’Donnell pouncing on a Welsh error to offload to Porch who sprinted 50 metres to score his third of the day.  Next to score was Brandon Quinn, who profited from a solid foundation laid by Tom Connor and O’Donnell to put the Aussies up by 17. The first half scoring wasn’t done there though and when the Welsh threw long a lineout Sam Myers took the invitation with both hands to score his side’s fourth of the half.  The half time score 24-0.

Wales battened down the hatches in the second stanza as they looked for their first points of the match but it was the Aussies who continued to pile on the pain.  The side’s youngest player Jeral Skelton getting his first try of the tournament in what was his first touch of the match, using his speed and strength to break past two tacklers before sprinting 90 metres to score under the black dot.  Fellow youngster Dylan Pietsch with what was the final try off the resulting restart, making the most of another Welsh error to see the score finish 36-0 in what was a very convincing display from the Australians.

Australia Singapore Sevens day one results:

Australia 24-20 Scotland

Australia 19-12 New Zealand

Australia 34-0 Wales