Aussies to play England in Cup QF

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by Beth Newman

Australia's men's Sevens are through to the Cup quarter-finals in London, after an undefeated opening day.

The Aussies cruised past Ireland, before grinding out a win over Wales and edging out Spain.

They'll face tournament England in their final eight match on Sunday, kicking off at 9:04pm AEST.

2:12am - Australia 28 - Spain 22

The Aussie Sevens are through to the Cup quarter-finals in London, after a 28-22 win over Spain.

It took Lachie Anderson just 17 seconds to open the scoring, as the Aussies took advantage of a Spanish positioning mistake.

Spain hit back quickly though to narrow the margin to just two points and a second straight Spain score, to Manuel Sainz, put the Europeans ahead.

John Porch had his own quick reply for Australia and debutant Joe Pincus made it three for the Aussies just before the break.

Porch had his second just after the break, turning Aussie defence into attack and a try in the space of seconds.

Francisco Hernandez responded for Spain, narrowing the margin to 11 points as the Spanish side continued to put pressure on Australia.

Eventually that pressure yielded a score for Spain, through Alejandro Alonso, and that turned out to be the final say of the game.

Australia will play a Cup quarter-final in London, against the Pool C runner-up at 9:04pm AEST.

11:02pm - Australia 20 - Wales 12

The Aussie Sevens have made it two from two in their London pool matches, beating Wales 20-12.

Australia found themselves on the back foot in the opening 90 seconds, with Jason Harries finishing off a strong Wales turnover to open the scoring.

Lachie Anderson found a reply for Australia two minutes later, collecting a John Porch offload to sprint away from the Welsh defence.

A yellow card for Wales put the Aussies one man up and they made the most of it immediately, with Triston Reilly scoring his second of the day, running into open space to cross the line.

The Welsh were able to give Australia a taste of their own medicine, with a quick reply putting Wales in front at the break, by a conversion.

Reilly had his second of the match just after half-time, in a play generated by skipper Lewis Holland.

Neither side was able to find much space as the half came on, though it was Australia with their hands on the ball more often than not.

Ultimately, that weight of possession resulted in a Ben O’Donnell try, which proved to be the match sealer.

Australia plays its final match of the day against Span, on Sunday at 1:48am AEST.

7:56pm - Australia 33 - Ireland 7

Australia has won its opening London Sevens match, 33-7, over a tough Irish side.

The Aussies struggled to gain traction early on a slippery deck, though they dominated the early possession.

Returning skipper Lewis Holland threw up a no-look offload off the ground for Tom Connor to score in the third minute.

Holland tried to create a second two minutes later but was squeezed into touch by the Irish.

Ireland hit back, with an individual effort from Jordan Conroy levelled up the scores with 90 seconds left in the opening stanza.

The Irish started the second half well but Maurice Longbottom made the most of Australia’s first chance, scoring off a quick tap in the ninth minute.

Sam Myers stunned the Irish defence with his own five-pointer a minute later, streaking down the right edge and showing some spectacular footwork to make Australia’s lead 12 points.

Superstar Ben O’Donnell scored another with less than three minutes to go, collecting a smart offload from Boyd Killingworth, as Australia began to truly take control.

Not satisfied with the 19-point margin, rookie Triston Reilly sealed the deal one minute after the full-time whistle, to finish the match on a high.

Australia takes on Wales in their second pool match at 10:42pm AEST.

7pm - Aussie essentials

Here is how the Aussies will line up in London, and when they take on their pool opponents.


Australian Men's Sevens team for London 7s 

1. Joe Pincus*, University of Queensland

2. Tom Connor, 6 caps, Warringah

3. Sam Myers, 35 caps, Norths (Sydney)

4. Lewis Holland (C), 38 caps, Queanbeyan

5. Ben O'Donnell, 8 caps, Randwick

6. John Porch, 18 caps, Norths (Sydney)

7. Tim Anstee, 18 caps, Eastwood

8. Triston Reilly, 1 cap, Randwick

9. Boyd Killingworth, 17 caps, Warringah

10. Tom Lucas, 25 caps, Sunnybank (QLD)

11. Maurice Longbottom, 6 caps, Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team

12. Lachie Anderson, 15 caps, Eastwood

13th man. Liam McNamara, 7 caps, Sunnybank (QLD)


All times AEST

Saturday June 2

Australia vs Ireland, 7:36pm AEST 

Australia vs Wales, 10:42pm AEST

Sunday June 3

Australia vs Spain, 1:48am AEST