Australia eases past Brazil in opening match

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by Matt Lewis

The Australian Men’s Sevens have opened their Paris Sevens in fine fashion, defeating Brazil 38-0.

The Aussie were drawn in a tough Pool C alongside South Africa, England and Brazil, meaning every try is crucial as Australia look to secure a top four finish in the World Series.

Brazil held their own for the opening four minutes as they kept the Aussies time and time again in defence, until play opened up for veteran playmaker James Stannard to score.

Head coach Andy Friend made five changes to his squad for the second last tournament of the series, opting to add experience and it showed in the match.

The usual suspects of Ed Jenkins, Cam Clark and Stannard were involved in everything as Australia broke away with score three first half tries.

Australia continued where they left off in the second half, as they dominated possession, and their sheer strength and size at the ruck didn’t allow Brazil any opportunities as Australia ran away for another three tries in the second half. 

Stannard finished with a double while Clark, Jenkins, Kingston, Hutchison all finished with a try to their name. 

In the other pool match, South Africa defeated England 24-5 with Seabelo Senatla scoring four tries to set up the victory.

Australia will play England in their next pool match at 9:04pm AEST LIVE on FOX SPORTS.

Australia 38

(Tries: Stannard 2, Clark, Jenkins, Kingston, Hutchison Cons: Stannard 4)

Brazil 0