Aussies show promise but fall short at the Oceania Sevens

by Staff Writer

The Qantas Australian Men's and Women's Sevens sides have finished fourth and second respectively at the FORU Oceania Sevens.

The Men's side ended their campaign in Noosa on a losing note after slipping to defeat against a strong Samoan outfit (31-7). Michael Wells scored the solitary Australian try at the end of the first period.

Under the guidance of Michael O'Connor, the Aussies had earlier thrashed American Samoa (59-0) - the highlight being a hat-trick of tries scored by Paul Asquith. In the Cup Semi-Final, the men in gold raced into a 14-point lead with Sam Myers crossing over for the opener. However, the 2013/14 World Series champions hit back to claim a spot in the Oceania Sevens Cup Final (19-14).

The Women's side ultimately fell short of their target after New Zealand turned in an impressive display to win the Oceania Sevens Cup Final (31-10). Emma Tonegato scored right on half-time for Australia while Ellia Green showed the Kiwi defence a clean pair of heels to touch down in the left corner.

Earlier in the day, the Australian Women's side scored over 100 points without reply as they beat the Cook Islands (33-0), Samoa (45-0) and Papua New Guinea (31-0), with Sunshine Coast product Rachel Crothers impressing on the wing.

Australian Men's Sevens Head Coach Geraint John will announce his 12-man squad for the Gold Coast Sevens - the opening round of the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series - at 10am on Monday.

FORU Oceania Men's Sevens Championship results

Australia 21-0 Tonga (Pool C)

Australia 40-7 New Caledonia (Pool C)

Australia 26-12 Samoa (Pool C)

Australia 59-0 American Samoa (Cup Quarter-Final)

Australia 14-19 New Zealand (Cup Semi-Final)

Australia 7-31 Samoa (3rd/4th Place)

FORU Oceania Women's Sevens Championship results

Australia 41-0 Tonga

Australia 24-5 Fiji

Australia 17-19 New Zealand

Australia 33-0 Cook Islands

Australia 45-0 Samoa

Australia 31-0 Papua New Guinea

Australia 10-31 New Zealand (Cup Final)

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