Aussies finish on top of Singapore pool

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by Beth Newman

The Aussie men open their Singapore Sevens campaign on Saturday, their first tournament under new coach Tim Walsh.

Sitting fifth in the World Series, the Aussies are looking to rebound from a sixth-place finish in Hong Kong and a fifth in the recent Commonwealth Games.

They'll have a tough task ahead of them in their pool matches, taking on Scotland, Wales and Commonwealth Games champions New Zealand in their first three matches.

All matches will be LIVE on FOX SPORTS and we'll have all the latest from the Australian games right here.

8:14pm - Australia 38 - Wales 0


Australia has finished on top of its Singapore pool, blitzing Wales in a 38-0 win in their final pool game.

Locky Miller drew first blood for the Aussies just 90 seconds in, finishing off a superb Lachie Anderson run.

It was deja vu when John Porch went over in the same spot 45 seconds later, to open up a quick two-try lead.

Brandon Quinn made it three in a row, off a quick recycle and by half-time the Aussie men were 24-0 up, with Sam Myers adding a fourth.

Wales held most of the ball early in the second half, but Australia’s dogged defence kept them out, and Jeral Skelton went coast-to-coast to score for the Aussies with two minutes left.

Dylan Pietsch crossed off the next restart and that was ultimately the final say of the game.

The Aussies will face off against one of Fiji or Spain in their Cup quarter-final on Sunday at 3:14pm AEST.

5:12pm - Australia 19 - New Zealand 12


A last-minute John Porch try has handed the Aussies a 19-12 win over New Zealand and continued a perfect start to the Singapore Sevens.

Things initially looked grim for the Aussies, with Jesse Parahi taking a heavy knock, but the acting skipper played on after the concern.

It was a good start for the Aussies, with Brandon Quinn finishing off an opportunistic attack for Australia just 90 seconds away.

The Aussies continued to create the attacking opportunities, but some solid defence from New Zealand kept them from scoring again.

Lachie Anderson found a gap for Australia’s second in the fifth minute, to open up a 12-point gap over their trans-Tasman rivals.

New Zealand found a reply with 30 seconds to go in the opening half, leaving things delicately placed going into the second stanza.

Some desperate Australian defence stopped the Kiwis from scoring first up in the second half, but they couldn’t add their own points either, with a knock-on deep in attack.

Ultimately, it was New Zealand who broke through in the second seven, with Dylan Collier sprinting away to score and even up the ledger with three minutes to go.

A lineout overthrow threatened to put Australia in a vulnerable position, but they cleaned up and John Porch went over for the Aussies.

Australia play Wales at 7pm AEST, LIVE on FOX SPORTS More 507.

1:21pm - Scotland 20 - Australia 24


The Aussie Sevens have kicked off their new era with a win over Scotland, 24-20.

Ben O’Donnell slipped out of the grasp of the Scottish defenders to score in the first minute.

Acting captain Jesse Parahi helped saved a possible try for Scotland, but the Scots went edge to edge and found an opportunity on the right wing to even things up.

O’Donnell set up Australia’s second with two minutes left in the second half, going one-two with Sam Myers, before Lachie Anderson finished off with a pick and go deep in Scottish territory.

Scotland managed a last-gasp reply on the half-time whistle, just narrowly putting it down despite some dogged Australian goal-line defence.

John Porch pounced on an intercept opportunity to put Australia in front, but a poor restart from Australia saw Scotland nab one straight back.

An O’Donnell fumble gave Scotland an opportunity to attack and they took advantage, with Australia trailing for the first time, with two minutes left.

They were able to do what Scotland had done all game, though, answering through Maurice Longbottom, with the speedster making an ugly-looking Tim Anstee look centimetre perfect to score.

Australia plays New Zealand at 4:50pm AEST, LIVE on FOX SPORTS More 507.

12pm - Aussies receive their jerseys

It was a special jersey presentation for the Aussie men on Friday night, with former skipper Ed Carter on hand to do the honours.


SQUAD

Australia's men's Sevens squad for the Singapore Sevens.

1. Jeral Skelton, 4 caps, Brothers

2. Tom Connor, 5 caps, Warringah

3. Sam Myers, 34 caps, Norths (Sydney)

4. Lachlan Miller, 1 cap, Southern Cross University (Coffs Harbour)

5. Nicky Price, 2 caps, Southern Districts 

6. John Porch, 17 caps, Norths (Sydney)

7. Tim Anstee, 17 caps, Eastwood

8. Jesse Parahi (c), 43 caps, Norths (Sydney) 

9. Brandon Quinn, 7 caps, Gordon

10. Ben O’Donnell, 7 caps, Randwick

11. Maurice Longbottom, 5 caps, Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team

12.Lachlan Anderson, 14 caps, Eastwood

13. Dylan Pietsch, 9 caps, Randwick

FIXTURES

Saturday April 28 - All times AEST

1pm - Australia vs Scotland

4:50pm - Australia vs New Zealand

7:54pm - Australia vs Wales