Oceania 7s: Australian sides undefeated after day one

by Sarah Friend

Australia's Sevens sides have started the Oceania Sevens in perfect fashion in Suva.

The Aussie men enjoyed big wins over the Cook Islands and Vanuatu, while the women bested PNG, Samoa and Nauru.

The action continues on Saturday in Suva,

6:30pm - Men's - Australia vs Cook Islands

The Aussie men completed a perfect day for Australia's sides in Suva with a 27-0 win over the Cook Islands

Tim Anstee drew first blood for the Aussies thanks to a big hit from Lewis Holland that forced a turnover. 

It wasn't long for Anstee and Holland teamed up for another with Holland pouncing on a loose ball and setting Anstee up for his second of the match.

The Cook Islanders upped their game as half-time neared, putting some pressure on the Aussies but the Australian defence held up.

Sloppy hands from John Porch gave Cook Island a half-chance but he cleaned up his own mess, scoring off a scrum to stretch Australia's lead.

Two tries in the second half sealed the victory for the Aussies and an undefeated opening day.

RESULT

Australia 27

Cook Islands 0

4:21pm - Women's - Australia vs PNG

The Aussie seven women have made a clean sweep on day one of competition by powering through PNG 31-0 to secure their spot in the semi-finals.

The first two games were comfortable wins but PNG pushed the Aussies in the opening minutes.

Lily Dick was the one to steady the ship with a fantastic run through the middle and an opening try.

Laura Waldie crossed for her second try of the tournament, slicing through PNG defensive line to give Australia a 12-0 lead at halftime.

Rhiannon Byers then bagged her first five pointer of day then PNG put their foot down keeping the Aussies on their toes.

A loose carry by PNG with less than 2 minutes to go lead to Australia’s fifth try, the Aussie getting the final say before the siren.

The young development side topped pool A and will face hosts Fiji in the semi-finals on Saturday.

RESULT

Australia 31

PNG 0

2:15pm - Men's - Australia vs Vanuatu

The Australia’s men’s sevens side have cruised past Vanuatu 50-0 in their first pool game at the Oceania Sevens Championship.

It took John Porch less than a minute to open the scoring, and Brandon Quinn crossed for his first shortly after.

Wearing an alternate blue strip, Aussie skipper Lewis Holland offloaded the perfect ball to set Jesse Parahi up under the posts for a third try.

Australia’s attack couldn’t be faulted, and some solid link play in the midfield saw Quinns score a second and give the Aussies a solid 26-0 lead.

>Boyd Killingworth and Lachlan Anderson put more points on the board after the break with a superb pass.

With Australia well and truly in control, Nick Malouf crossed for his first try, then a wide pass off Quinn saw Ben O’Donnell put it down in the corner.

Tim Anstee iced the cake with a powerful try to wrap up the game at full-time.

RESULT

Australia 50

Vanuatu 0

1:12pm - Women's - Australia vs Samoa

Australia's women remain unbeaten after defeating Samoa 45-0 in their second pool game.

The Aussie side leapt out to an early lead again by crossing within the first 2 minutes of play.

Page McGregor showed her class shortly after with a brilliant dummy which fooled Samoa’s defence and saw her score beneath the goal posts.

Cassie Staples scored a third try and Australia led 21-0 at halftime.

Sariah Pai put her name on the score sheet in the second half and her five-pointer was closely followed by Jakiya Whitfeld grabbing a fifth try, after the speedy teenager stepped through the entire Samoan defence.

Experienced sevens star Mahalia Murphy scored her first try of the tournament soon after with some trademark magic, before McGregor crossed for her second to end the game.

Australia’s women play their final pool game against PNG at 4:21pm AEDT.

RESULT

Australia 45

Samoa 0

10:03am - Women's - Australia 58 - Nauru 0 

The Australian women’s side kicked off the Oceania Sevens Championship in style by blitzing Nauru 58-0 in their first pool game.

Australia, who are fielding a development side at the tournament in Fiji, scored within 20 seconds of play when Kennedy Cherrington scored under the posts.

Up against an inexperienced Nauru team, Lily Dick, Maddie Ashby, Cassie Staples also crossed over before halftime to give the Aussies a comfortable 27-0 lead.

Ashby, McGregor and Laura Waldie kept the tries coming in the second half, and young gun Jakiya Whitfeld made her presence felt late in the second half with a speedy run down the wing to score.

The teenager grabbed a second on the full-time siren to complete a 10-try victory.

RESULT

Australia 58

Nauru 0

FIXTURE

Friday November 9. All times AEDT.

All games streamed live on the Oceania Facebook page

Australian Women's Sevens

10:03am - Australia vs Nauru

1:12pm - Australia vs Samoa

4:21pm - Australia vs PNG

Australian Men's Sevens 

2:15pm - Australia vs Vanuatu

5:24pm - Australia vs Cook Islands