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Qantas Men's Sevens finish third in Tokyo

  
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3/31/2013
By ARU Media Unit


The Qantas Men’s Sevens have defeated France 31-7 to finish third at the Tokyo Sevens today.

The result boosted the Australians significantly in the HSBC Sevens World Series standings, moving them from 11th up three places to eighth, with two rounds left in the season.

The Australians started day two of the tournament with a significant win over Fiji, 21-12, in the Cup quarter-final, before a 35-17 loss to New Zealand in the semi-final sent them to the third-place playoff against France.

Qantas Men’s Sevens coach Michael O’Connor said the result was crucial for his side going forward.

“It’s a good result, the points are very important for us and the guys finished on a good note and played some really good footy in that final game,” O’Connor said.

“We had three rookies playing today and they handled themselves well. It’s not an ideal situation to be in against New Zealand in a Cup semi-final but they gained some really valuable experience.

“Overall I’m pretty happy with third place. What was pleasing about this weekend is we had guys really put their hands up. Guys like Tom Cusack, Lewis Holland, Con Foley and Cam Clark were really outstanding, we needed their experience this weekend.”

Australia and Fiji were locked at 7-7 at half time in the Cup quarter-final, following a try to Australia’s Will Miller and conversion by James Stannard.

Fiji struck first in the second half to take a 12-7 lead, but a converted try to Lewis Holland gave his side a 14-12 advantage midway through. A second try to Holland in the final stages put the game out of reach of the Fijians.

The Cup semi-final saw Australia off to a flying start, with an early try to Pama Fou, but New Zealand ran away to a 21-7 lead by half time. The second half saw New Zealand score twice again, with two tries to Australian debutant Peter Schuster and teammate Cusack unable to alter the outcome.

In their final match of the tournament, the Qantas Men’s Sevens scored twice early through Clark and Fou to take a 12-7 lead at the break.

The scoreboard continued to tick over in the second half as Australia ran in three tries, to Clark, Holland and debutant Sam Figg, and kept the French scoreless.

Day one saw the Australians finish second in their pool with wins over England, 26-19, and Argentina, 31-0, before a deciding match against Samoa, which they lost 26-14.

The match also featured two personal milestones for Australian players, with Pama Fou reaching 200 points for Australia and Cam Clark marking his 100th point.

The Qantas Men’s Sevens return to action in May when they travel to Scotland for the Glasgow Sevens on 4-5 May.

Fox Sports will televise a highlights package of the Tokyo Sevens on Tuesday 2 April at 9:00pm on Fox 3.

Day one – Pool D

Australia 26 – England 19
Australia tries – Pama Fou, Cam Clark, Lewis Holland, Tom Cusack.
Conversions – James Stannard (3).

Australia 31 – Argentina 0
Australia tries – Fou (2), Holland (2), Stannard.
Conversions – Stannard (3).

Australia 14 – Samoa 26
Australia tries – Holland, Fou.
Conversions – Stannard (2).

Day two

Cup quarter-final

Australia 21 – Fiji 12
Australia tries – Will Miller, Holland (2).
Conversions – Stannard (3).

Cup semifinal

Australia 17 – New Zealand 35
Australia tries – Fou, Peter Schuster, Cusack.
Conversions – Stannard.

Third-place playoff
Australia 31 – France 7
Australia tries – Clark (2), Fou, Sam Figg, Holland.
Conversions – Stannard (3).


Australian Sevens recent milestones

Name

Milestone

Lewis Holland

Reached 200 points for Australia in Hong Kong (currently at 205 overall)

Pama Fou

Reached 200 points for Australia in Tokyo (currently at 210 overall)

Cam Clark

Reached 100 points in Tokyo (currently at 114 overall)

 

Australian Sevens upcoming milestones

Name

Milestone

Jesse Parahi

Needs two games to reach his 100th game for Australia (currently on 98 games from 18 caps)

 

Qantas Men’s Sevens Tokyo squad

View the bios for the Qantas Men’s Sevens squad for Tokyo

1

Tom Cusack

Canberra, ACT

Canberra Royals, ACT

2

Jesse Parahi (C)

Fairlight, NSW

Northern Suburbs, NSW

3

Peter Schuster (debut)

Liverpool, NSW

Northern Suburbs, NSW

4

Will Miller

Berry, NSW

Northern Suburbs, NSW

5

Simon Morahan

Brisbane, QLD

University of Queensland, QLD

6

Con Foley

Fairfield, QLD

University of Queensland, QLD

7

Cam Clark

St. Ives, NSW

Northern Suburbs, NSW

8

James Stannard

Perth, WA

Souths, QLD

9

Sam Figg (debut)

Pymble, NSW

Northern Suburbs, NSW

10

Lewis Holland

Braidwood, NSW

Queanbeyan Whites, ACT

11

Pama Fou

Gailes, QLD

Wests, ACT

12

Paul Asquith (debut)

Jamberoo, NSW

Southern Districts, NSW

 

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