Aussie Sevens top Canada pool

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by Beth Newman

Australia has secured its Cup quarter-final spot with a 49-14 win over Wales to finish a mixed day at the Canada Sevens.

A dominant 43-5 win over Russia put Australia on the front foot, heading into a clash against the host nation.

Canada's home town debut proved decisive in that second match, clinching a 14-12 upset over the Aussies in the final seconds of the match.

That result left Australia facing a must-win match against Wales to end the day with a Cup quarter-final spot.

The Aussies needed a 12-point win from their final match against Wales to secure Cup qualification with one match left in their pool to decide the standings.

They ultimately secured the margin with ease, after a tight start kept them on their toes.

Things started perfectly for the Aussies with a try to Henry Hutchison in the opening minute, but a quick reply to Wales kept things level.

Lewis Holland had Australia’s second in the fourth minute, the first of his two tries in the match, before Boyd Killingworth clinching Australia’s third.

The stand-in captain, Holland maximised his opportunities to give Australia the magic buffer against the Welsh.

Con Foley bookended half-time, with tries either side of the break taking Australia out to a 35-7 win, before Holland’s second and another from Sam Myers gave them a 42-point buffer.

Speaking post-match, Holland said the Aussies were pleased to rebound from a “rattled” performance against Canada.

“We came out against Canada and they had the hometown advantage and we were probably rattled, we away too many disciplinary errors.”

“Coming out tonight, we set some goals and really fulfilled them.”

Australian Men's Sevens coach Andy Friend said he was pleased with the way the side finished the day.

"Against Canada, we knew it would be their Cup Final but I felt we fell into the trap into playing how they wanted us to play," he said.

"We were ill-disciplined and paid the price.

"However, against a Wales team that had been clinical and showed things I'd not seen them do, we were excellent.

"I thought the difference was Lewis Holland's running game - he took the ball to the line and consistently challenged the Welsh defence."

Australia will face Scotland in its Cup quarter-final at 6:14am AEDT on Monday morning.

In the other quarter-finals, Fiji will face USA, New Zealand takes on Samoa and South Africa matches up against Wales.