Aussie Men's Sevens three from three in Munich

by Sam Phillips

The Australian Men's Sevens side are three from three and into the Cup quarter finals of the Oktoberfest 7s, despite "not firing a shot" in their first two starts.

That was the assessment from coach Andy Friend, with the Australians sneaking past Chile and Ireland before putting it all together in a brilliant 28-14 win against Fiji.

Errors were the theme of the first two matches, with simple drop ball giving both Chile and Ireland the chance to get in front before the Australians showed class to peg them back late.

"The most frustrating thing about is that they were our own errors that were costing us," Friend told RUGBY.com.au.

"I thought both of those performances in the first two games were pretty poor.

"We came into the sheds afterwards and we weren't happy but we just looked at it and thought, we have two wins on the board but we haven't fired a shot.The Aussies are off to a hot start in Munich. Photo: Getty Images"Good football teams can win when they aren't playing well and that's the positive we can take out of those first two matches."

The third match of the day was a showdown with Fiji, a task made far tougher with the absence of Tom Lucas and James Stannard, who had succumbed to a head and rib injury, respectively.

Lucas underwent a HIA after copping a knock against Ireland and will be touch-and-go to feature tomorrow, with Stannard almost certain to miss, having suffered a suspected broken rib against Chile.

With two of their best players out, the Australians again were forced to come from behind, Fiji scoring the first two tries of the game before a four try onslaught in the second half.

"I was really, really pleased with how the boys responded down 14-0 and with two of our best guys out of that third match.

"We grew a leg coming out of half time and really played some good footy."Maurice Longbottom starred for the Australians. Photo: Ben DolphinRookie Maurice Longbottom was the star of the show with ball in hand, displaying dazzling footwork to repeatedly slice the Fijian line.

"He's a really special player," Friend said of Longbottom.

"We see that in training everyday and we saw that up in Mackay against Japan.

"But you never quite know until a guy does it against really good competition.

"So to see him come out today and put that level of performance up against some quality sides, that's a big step for him."

Boyd Killingworth was brilliant on the defensive side of the ball, pinching two critical turnovers against Chile and putting in huge shifts in the other two starts.

Killingworth, John Porch and Tim Anstee were the three players, outside of Longbottom, that impressed Friend leading into a quarter final showdown with France.

The Australian Men's Sevens take on France in a Cup quarter final tomorrow, kicking off at 11pm AEST, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS.