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Singapore Sevens 2017: Australia through to quarter-finals after topping Pool with three wins

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by April 15, 2017 General

The Australian Men’s Sevens team are through to the quarter-finals in Singapore after finishing top of Pool C with three straight wins on day one.  

Australia will play England in the Cup Quarter-Final at 2:52pm AEST on Sunday April 16, after victories against Samoa, Kenya and Argentina on Saturday.

It wasn’t without casualty though, with skipper Tom Lucas set to be monitored overnight while experienced duo James Stannard (nose) and Ed Jenkins (shoulder) won’t play any part on day two. 

Head Coach Andy Friend said: “I was really, really pleased with the boys today. The first game was all about defence and I thought we defended really, really well.

“In the second game, that was some of the best attacking rugby I’ve seen us play. And that was against a Kenyan side who’s been up for it all week as the defending champions. 

“The last game was all about guts and determination. We knew Argentina needed to win and I thought we showed tremendous character, especially with six men. Not only to stop them but also run 90 metres to score. 

“James (Stannard) is at the hospital at the moment trying to get his nose sorted, it was a nasty head clash but he will be fine but he’s definitely out of this tournament. Ed (Jenkins) just got caught in a really awkward position and dislocated his shoulder so we’ll definitely lose those two.

“We just have to front up, it’s quarter-final football on day two and it’s a brand new day,” Friend said.

smh.com.au

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