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The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team have re-ignited their Gold Coast Sevens campaign with an impressive 22-7 (four tries to one) victory over Argentina at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast today.
Australia were behind in just the first minute after a chip ahead was grounded brilliantly by Lucas de Vincenzi. The try was converted by Gaston Revol and the Pumas were out to an early 7-0 lead.
But Australia hit back through two quick fire tries to Nick Malouf and Shannon Walker, the first set up by a strong mid-field bust by Sean McMahon. Cameron Clark missed both conversions but Australia were in front 10-7.
Australia were further ahead right on half time as Malouf cut through the Argentinean defence to score his second try of the game, his third of the tournament, under the posts. Clark converted and Australia led 17-7 at the break.
Walker was almost over to score his second midway through the second half but the ball came loose just as he stretched out to plant the ball over the tryline.
However moments later Tom Lucas, brother of Reds utility back Ben Lucas and Waratahs scrumhalf Matt Lucas, dove over in the right hand corner to score his first try on debut.
Replacement Paul Asquith missed the conversion from the touchlinebut Australia were safe at 22-7.
Argentina attacked desperately in the final moments as they tried to reduce the deficit but robust defence from Australia repelled their advances.
Australia will now meet Samoa in their final match with a victory or draw enough to make certain qualifications for tomorrow’s Cup quarter finals.
Even a loss could see Australia qualify for the Cup quarter finals depending on the result of the match of the other remaining Pool D match between Scotland and Argentina.
Samoa earlier defeated Scotland 19-12 in a hard fought encounter.
Australia now meet Samoa at 7.46pm (AEST) in the Pool D decider.
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GOLD COAST SEVENS
Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens 22 (Nick Malouf 2, Tom Lucas, Shannon Walker tries; Cameron Clark conversion) defeated Argentina 7 (Lucas de Vincenzi try; Gaston Revol conversion) at Skilled Park, Gold Coast.
Qantas Australian Rugby Sevens stars Emilee Cherry and Cameron Clark have been rewarded for their stellar performances throughout their respective 2013/14 seasons after picking up three awards between them at the 2014 John Eales Medal in Sydney.