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Australian Men's Sevens open World Cup with win over Spain

  
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6/29/2013
By ARU Media Unit


The Australian Men’s Sevens have opened Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow with a 21-0 win over Spain.

The win in their first match of the tournament is a boost for Australia, with Tunisia and France still to play in their pool.

Both sides tested the waters for the first three minutes before a penalty against Spain on halfway awarded the Australians an attacking opportunity.

Con Foley took the tap and the ball was quickly shifted wide to Queensland Reds flyer Luke Morahan who made 20 metres before finding scrumhalf Matt Lucas, of the NSW Waratahs, with a nice one-handed pass.

Lucas was brought down just short of the try line, but released the ball and regathered before diving over the line to open the scoring. Lucas converted his own try to take his side to a 7-0 lead with just three minutes played.

The Australians had extended their lead by seven before the end of the half, when Super Rugby draft Bernard Foley of the NSW Waratahs found space from nothing, cantering to the line and converting his own try to take his side to a 14-0 lead at half time.

Both sides remained scoreless for much of the second half, but solid defensive work rewarded the Australians again late in the game, when Lewis Holland forced a penalty at the ruck five metres from the Spanish try line.

Holland took a quick tap from the penalty and dove over for the third try. Lucas converted to give his side a 21-0 lead.
Spain had a late chance to close the deficit in the final seconds of the game, but covering defence from replacement wing Shannon Walker closed the play down, taking the attacking player into touch and ending the game to give Australia a comfortable win.

The Australian Men’s Sevens now face Tunisia at 5:56pm (AEST) on Saturday 29 June, followed by France at 12:10am (AEST) on Sunday 30 June.

All matches will be streamed live at www.irb.com.

The final day of the tournament will be streamed live on www.irb.com and broadcast live on Fox Sports 3HD.

Australia 21 – Spain 0
Australia tries – Matt Lucas, Bernard Foley, Lewis Holland.
Conversions – Lucas (2), Foley.

Australian Men’s Sevens Rugby World Cup Sevens squad

Name

Club

Hometown

Cam Clark

Northern Suburbs, NSW

Sydney, NSW

Tom Cusack

Canberra Royals, ACT

Canberra, ACT

Bernard Foley

NSW Waratahs, Super Rugby

Sydney, NSW

Con Foley

University of Queensland, QLD

Brisbane, QLD

Matt Lucas

NSW Waratahs, Super Rugby

Brisbane, QLD

Lewis Holland

Queanbeyan Whites, NSW

Braidwood, NSW

Ed Jenkins (c)

Sydney University, NSW

Sydney, NSW

Sean McMahon

GPS, QLD

Brisbane, QLD

Luke Morahan

Queensland Reds, Super Rugby

Gold Coast, QLD

Jesse Parahi

Northern Suburbs, NSW

Avoca Beach, NSW

James Stannard

Souths, QLD

Brisbane, QLD

Shannon Walker

Easts, QLD

Kyogle, NSW

Australian Men’s Sevens Rugby World Cup Sevens staff

Name

Position

Michael O’Connor

Head coach

Luca Liussi

Manager

John Mitchell

Strength and conditioning coach

Hamamura Hiroyuki

Analyst

Joshua Bird

Physiotherapist

 

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