Concentration lapses costing Aussies dearly: Friend

Mens - Vancouver
by staff

Australian Men's Sevens Coach Andy Friend and his captain Lewis Holland are on the same page on many things.

After all they spend many of their waking hours talking about the foibles of their team, working on the squad's skills and in game nous.

And they both agree that for this group to take the next step in their development they need to cut down on the "bad stuff" that cost them at critical times at the Canada 7s in Vancouver at the weekend.

The Australian ended the tournament in sixth place after falling to South Africa in the Cup quarter finals, having raced out to a 19-0 lead, before putting in a poor performance against England.

“Looking back we played some outstanding rugby at times and then there were the times when we played probably our worst rugby," Holland said.

“We just need to find that middle ground (so that) when we are playing badly it’s not horrendous and hurting us."

Friend was on the same page.

"When we play our brand of football I think we can beat any team in the world," he said.

"The issue that we have is staying focused for the full 14 minutes.

"You saw today that there was some unbelievable minutes, but then some lapses of concentration and up against a good footy team you will play the price."

The Aussies were missing Holland (hamstring), Tom Connor (eye socket) and Lachie Anderson (head knock) for the last couple of games on finals day at BC Place and encouragingly they were in positions to take out all those games.

That gave Brandon Quinn the chance to get some serious minutes and some of the others got more minutes than they have had in recent tournaments.

The picks of the Australians in Vancouver over the weekend were John Porch and Jesse Parahi who is getting better with the more minutes that he has on the field.

Porch ended the tournament as the leading try scorer with nine.