Aussie boys take out thrilling world schools Sevens final

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by Beth Newman

Australia’s boys sevens have stolen a thrilling win in the World Schools Sevens, with a last-gasp victory over Samoa's Barbarians, 24-19, in Auckland.

With the clock ticking into the 15th minute, Sam Wallis streaked down the right edge to break a 19-19 deadlock and take the title for Australia.

Full-time Sevens squad member Dylan Pietsch was one of the standouts for Australia in the inaugural tournament, scoring three tries across the group stage.

The Aussies started slowly, with a 19-19 draw against the New Zealand Maori, before dominating their second clash, a 33-12 win over the Samoa Barbarians.

A 22-14 win over the New Zealand Fijians sealed their path through to the Cup final against the Samoan side, which was ultimately one of the highlights of the weekend.

In the girls, two tries for Demi Hayes sealed a come-from-behind Plate win for Australia’s girls in the schools competition, after a mixed group stage.

Trailing 12-7 at half-time, the Aussies scored the only second-half try to beat Samoa 14-12 in the plate final.

The girls kicked off their tournament with a 19-19 draw against Samoa, before going down to the New Zealand Wasps 22-19 and the NZ Condors 19-5.

The Condors were the ultimate victors in the girls’ competition, beating the Wasps 19-12 in the decider.

Boys Results

Group Stages

Samoa Barbarians 31 def New Zealand Maori 5

New Zealand Fijians 38 def Cook Islands 5

Australia 19 drew New Zealand Maori 19

New Zealand 40 def Cook Islands 0

Australia 33 def Samoa Barbarians 12

New Zealand Condors 34 v New Zealand Fijians 7


Australia 22 def New Zealand Fijians 14

Samoa Barbarians 31 def New Zealand Condors 19

Bowl Final

New Zealand Maori 34 def Cook Islands 0

Plate Final

New Zealand Condors 34 def New Zealand Fijians 7

Cup Final

Australia 24 def Samoa Barbarians 19

Girls Results 

Group Stages

Australia 19 drew Samoa 19

New Zealand Condors 22 def New Zealand Wasps 7

New Zealand Condors 34 def Samoa 0

Australia 19 def by NZ Wasps 22

Samoa Barbarians 7 def by NZ Wasps 29

New Zealand Condors 19 def Australia 5

Plate Final

Australia 14 def Samoa 12

Cup Final

New Zealand Condors 19 def New Zealand Wasps 12