Aussies three from three at Silicon Valley

by Sam Phillips

Australia have cruised to a clean sweep on day one of the Silicon Valley Sevens.

Coach Andy Friend's side were hardly troubled in clashes with Fiji, China and Japan, though the reigning Olympic champions did not feature a host of their stars, leaving them at home in preparation for the Oceania Sevens in Suva next weekend.

Fiji were the first opponent of the day and a double to Benjamin O'Donnell along with tries to Tom Lucas, John Porch and returning skipper Lewi Holland saw the side cruise to a 29-0 victory.

That was followed with a flogging of China, Maurice Longbottom scoring a hat trick as Friend's side coasted to a 47-0 result.

The day was then rounded out with a 36-7 win over Japan, Lachie Anderson notching a brace in that match.Friend said Ed Jenkins carried a heavy workload in San Jose. Photo: Getty ImagesIt was another day in which this team proved they are ready to go to another level in the 2017/18 season and Friend said they would need to back the performance up on day two.

"That's really important for us," Friend told RUGBY.com.au.

"We'll have a few guys fresh - Simon Kennewell copped a suspension in the Fiji game so he sat out the last two matches and he'll be fresh.

"O'Donnell has picked up a quad injury so we might be down a man or two but it's important that we come together and back what we did today up tomorrow.

"You don't win tournaments on day one so we're looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow."

Friend said Holland had come through 18 minutes of game time unscathed.Maurice Longbottom was, once again, one of Australia's best. Photo: Ben Dolphin"He has pulled up well but more importantly he looked really good out there and scored a couple of tries.

"He's our skipper so to have him back on the field was really pleasing and everyone is really happy for him."

Friend also made mention of consistently strong performances from his young core against Fiji, having beaten the Olympics champions four times this preseason.

"I thought Lachie Anderson, Kennewell and Maurice Longbottom were all really good today - John Porch as well," he said.

"It's really pleasing to see them playing some consistent rugby together and they just keep turning up and putting in.

"We've beaten (Fiji) four times now so the more we do that the more we build confidence but it's all about tomorrow.

"I think we will come up against them again tomorrow and that's when it counts."

Day two of the Silicon Valley Sevens kicks off Monday morning, streamed LIVE on the USA Sevens Facebook page.

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