Anderson praises Aussie fight ahead of Vancouver

Mens - Vancouver
by Sam Phillips

There was fight among the Australian Men's Sevens squad in Las Vegas despite sliding to a sixth place finish.

The win against Kenya and the loss to New Zealand, in the fifth place semi final and final, respectively, both went to extra time, Australia digging deep to stave off losses in regulation time.

That was a big plus for the squad, according to Lachie Anderson, as they look to secure another podium finish in Vancouver this weekend.

"We sat down as a group, as a collective and we've spoken about what we did right and what we want to continue going into Vancouver this week," Anderson told RUGBY.com.au.Lachie Anderson and the Aussies face another tough pool in Vancouver this weekend. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"But we also had a look at the things that we did wrong and the differences in the matches that we won and lost.

"Ultimately we weren't happy with where we finished but there was a lot of fight shown, a lot of spirit shown in each match.

"Kenya and New Zealand both went to extra time and we had a lot of boys out there putting a lot of fight in.

"It was a learning experience and we are going to take a lot of learnings from that and build that into Vancouver nicely."

A very tough pool awaits in Vancouver.


The Australians have drawn USA - who won their home tournament in Las Vegas - host nation Canada and Uruguay, who have sprung a handful of surprise results on tour this year.

There will be no room for complacency if the Australians are to bridge the gap between their overall fourth place standing and the top three of South Africa, New Zealand and Fiji.

"(USA will) have great momentum coming into this week, Canada knocked us off last year at home and in front of a sellout crowd, everyone lifts for their home tournament," Anderson said.

"There's no easy pool anymore but we will do our review on them and hopefully we can knock them off."

The Australians kick off their Vancouver 7s campaign on Sunday morning, kicking off at 6:42am AEDT, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS.

FIXTURES

 Australian Men's Sevens fixtures in Vancouver

6:42am - vs Canada

10:14am - vs Uruguay

2:08pm - vs USA