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By ARU Media Unit
The Qantas Men’s Sevens side have set their sets on the fifth round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas next week after completing their campaign in Wellington today.
The Aussie men entered Day two looking to secure a win in the Bowl final against Day one rivals Kenya after accounting for Japan 33-5 in the Bowl quarter final and Argentina 24-12 in the semi-final.
In wet and slippery conditions the Qantas Men’s Sevens side started fiercely, maintain possession and doing all the attacking, however it was the Kenyans who scored the first and only points in the first half thanks to a length of the field effort from their speedster Collins Injera.
The Kenyans were the first to score in the second half crossing again within the first minute through Humphrey Kayange.
The Aussie men fought hard in trying conditions to get back in the game, however some strong defence from Kenya held the Aussies out until the final minute when they managed to cross for a consolation try through Con Foley.
Speaking after the match from Wellington, Qantas Men’s Sevens coach Michael O’Connor said it was a disappointing result but the young side did show some good improvements on Day two in very trying conditions.
“Obviously we would have liked to have been in the top 8 on Day two but it wasn’t to be after losing to Kenya and drawing with France on Day one,” O’Connor said.
“To the guys credit they came back today and really put in a solid effort, however we’ll need to improve again next week when we’re in Las Vegas.
“Because of the loss in the Bowl final to Kenya we’ve been drawn a really tough pool next week with New Zealand, Samoa and Japan so we are going to have be right on our game from the first game.
“Unfortunately it looks like we’ll have to replace Lewis Holland but we’ll spend tomorrow assessing our injuries and then we’ll decide who needs to go home and who needs to join us over in America.
“The good news though is that Ed Stubbs and Dan Yakapo, who have both struggled with injury over the past year played well and came through the weekend unscathed, so they’ll be looking for some more game time and success next weekend.”
The Qantas Men’s Sevens found themselves in the bottom half of the Day two draw following an early loss to a rejuvenated Kenyan side on Day one and despite a narrow 2-point win against Canada and a draw against a strong French side the Aussies finished third in their pool.
The fifth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series kicks off on Friday in Las Vegas where the Qantas Men’s Sevens team have been drawn in Pool A along-side New Zealand, Samoa and Japan.
Qantas Australian Sevens player Shannon Walker will play his first tournament in over a year when he lines up for the National Indigenous side at this weekend’s National Sevens Championships in Narrabeen, Sydney.