UQ still team to beat as Tassie makes top four

Uni 7s
by Staff Writer

Day one of the Aon Uni 7s series has been run and won on the Gold Coast and the chase is still on to stop the amazing run of the Uni of Queensland.

UQ are yet to be defeated in this ground-breaking series and come into this tournament as heavy favourites. WATCH all the action here LIVE: 

 

7.00pm - Uni of Adelaide 10 Griffith University 29

 Griffith University have hit back after a disappointing Day One with a 29-10 win over the Uni of Adelaide.

The game was the final game of the first day of this fourth round of the Aon Uni 7s series and it underlined the improvements that many of these teams have made throughout.

Griffith scored two well-constructed tries in the first half and went on with the job after the break to run away with this one.

Uni of Adelaide started the second half well and were able to manufacture a nice try to Alice Gregory that made the score 12-10 in favour of Griffith.

But Griffith hit back with tries to Alysia Fakaosilea, Ivania Wong and Katie Curtis that blew there score out to the final 29-10 scoreline.

6.40pm - Macquarie Uni 31 Bond University 12

Macquarie Uni have finished Day One of the Aon Uni 7s series undefeated when they disposed of Bond University 29-12 in their final pool game.

The first half was all about the Rays as they scored two tries and looked pretty sharp to give them a 12-5 lead.

Sarah Halvorsen was the one who did the scoring for the Rays as she crossed twice in the first seven minutes.

A lot of work had been done inside for Halvorsen to score those two tries with Nita Maynard, Chloe Dalton and Dom du Toit all working well.

But it was a moment of brilliance from Dalton from the start of the second half that really turned the game.

From the kickoff she regathered and then the ball was moved wide to Halvorsen who dotted down for her third of the game.

Dalton then scored one on her own as she put on the gas to leave the Bond defenders floundering in her wake. 

6.20pm - Uni of Tasmania 14 Uni of New England 12

Uni of Tasmania have underlined their improvement in the Uni 7s series with a dramatic 14-12 win over Uni of New England. 

The win will see them feature in the semi-finals on Day Two, a phenomenal effort considering how they started the series.

UTAS had been the form team heading into this game but it was Uni of New England that got the scoring underway.

That came through a try from Hannah Southwell who stormed on to a niece pass from Alicia Quirk and then ran 50 metres to score under the posts.

UTAS hit back when they broke out from deep in their own half to kick through. Nicole Beck regathered and then UNE were able to crash over under the posts through Shanice Parker.

The turning point in the game looked to have come when Mel Howard scored a vital try and was taken high by USA Eagle Kiki Morgan.

That saw Morgan yellow carded but UTAS dug deep and hit back with a try to Olivia White which was duly converted.

6.00pm - Uni of Queensland 12 Uni of Canberra 5

Uni of Queensland have kept their perfect record intact heading into Day Two of the Aon Uni 7s series with a 12-5 win over Uni of Canberra.

The match was evenly contested for much of the first seven minutes but UQ were once again able to take the scoring chances as they presented themselves.

Emma Sykes was the first to score for UQ when she fended several defenders and waltzed over under the posts.

Uni of Canberra had several chances early through Cassie Staples and Sharni Williams but their execution under the relentless press that UQ bring to sevens told.

The game was all tied up at halftime but that was a signal for UQ and Emily Cherry to put the afterburners on.

Cherry did much of the talking at the break and then scored the vital try after the break.

From there UQ were able to flex their muscles and their skills and ran away with this one.

4.40pm - Macquarie Uni 33 Griffith University 5

Macquarie Uni have toughed out a 33-5 win over Griffith University in the second pool game of Day One.

Leading the way for the Rays was flyer Katie Harrison who scored two tries down the right edge and also skipper Emily Chancellor who was a demon at the breakdown.

Throw into that mix the work of Dom du Toit and Chloe Dalton and the win in the end was one of their best in this series.

The Rays led 12-5 at the break and they didn't let their foot off the pedal as they scored 21 points in the second half.

4.20pm - Bond University 27 Uni of Adelaide 5

Bond University won their second straight game here on the Gold Coast when they defeated Uni of Adelaide 27-5.

Bond scored tries through Charlotte Caslick, Emily Bass, Brooke Walker and Steph Rutrherford in what was a great game of women's sevens.

Both teams showed a willingness to flood the attacking team's breakdowns at different times but it was the home team that had the composure to score when they needed to.

A perfect example of this was Caslick's second try when she took a quick tap and was able to waltz over near the posts.

Adelaide refused to give up though and will be a force as the tournament heads into Day Two.

4.00pm - Uni of Queensland 38 Uni of New England 5

The ruthless nature of how Uni of Queensland plays sevens was underlined in their 38-5 win over Uni of New England.

UQ scored six tries to one in a highly entertaining game which went from one end of the Bond Uni field to the other throughout.

They were able to hang on to the ball for long periods of time and when the turnovers came moved it to the wider channels.

Grace Kaihau scored a double while Lily Dick was involved in a lot of the good things that they did.

3.40pm - Uni of Canberra 5 Uni of Tasmania 19

Uni of Tasmania have pulled off a major upset on Day One of the Uni 7s series with a 19-5 win over Uni of Canberra.

The Tasmanians have been building to this effort right from the start of the series and it was the heady input of Rio Olympic gold medallist Nicole Beck that made a major difference.

They controlled possession right from the start of the match and Olivia White and Kiki Morgan were among the points scorers.

Morgan, a USA Eagles international, scored a classic long range try that sealed the win just after the halftime break.

Uni of Canberra looked flat and were forced to chase the ball for much of the 14 minutes.

2.40pm - Bond University 12 Griffith Uni 10

The tournament host got their campaign off to a winning start when they sneaked home against Griffith University 12-10 in a tight affair.

Bond were made to fight all the way against Griffith in what is an evenly contest group game.

2.20pm - Macquarie Uni 29 Uni of Adelaide 5 

Macquarie Uni Rays showed their intentions in their first game of Day One when they defeated Uni of Adelaide 29-5.

Uni of Adelaide were in fact the first to score in this game with a try to Mahalia Murphy but from then it was all Macquarie.

Aussie squad member Dom du Toit showed her class while Macquarie skipper Emily Chancellor was good over the ball and scored a nice try in the first half.

The Rays led 17-5 at the break and continued on their way after that.

2.00pm - Uni of Canberra 17 University of New England 5

Uni of Canberra continued their improvement in this Uni 7s series with a 17-5 win over the University of New England in the second game of Day One.

UC scored three tries to one in what was an impressive performance with tries to Yasmin Meakes, Cassandra Staples and Talei Wilson.

What impressed most about the win over Uni of New England was their counter rucking that gave them vital possession when they were deep in defence.

1.40pm - Uni of Queensland 21 Uni of Tasmania 5

The University of Queensland got their campaign off to a solid start with a 21-5 win over the University of Tasmania in the opening game of the tournament.

UQ made the most of their opportunities throughout the 14 minutes with Lilly Dick and Bodil Van Wijnbergen scoring in the first half and then Marikiki Watego getting on the board in the second stanza.

The score was 14-0 at the break and UQ managed to put the game beyond reach of the Tasmanians  when Watego crossed shortly after the restart for a 21-0 lead.

Uni of Tasmania did have their moments but their teamwork and structures weren't consistent enough to trouble the series champions. Sydnee Watanabe and Shanice Parker did well throughout but the UQ women far more consistent.

 

 

 

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